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|Gremillion retiring from Third Circuit; election set in October|
Judge Glenn Gremillion of Ferriday said this week he is retiring from the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal.
"I've been thinking about it for a while," he said, "and decided I'm ready to retire. It's been a great run. We're ready to move on to the next thing."
A special election to fill the remainder of Gremillion's term for the 1st District, Division C post, which expires in 2016, will be held Oct. 4, 2008. Qualifying is slated for July 9-11.
Gremillion said he and his wife, Fontaine, "have some things we want to do and we want to try to do them while we can."
Gremillion, who will be 62 next month, has spent the bulk of his adult life in public service, beginning with a five-year tenure with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. His service began after he completed college. He was a B52 navigator and flew a number of combat missions.
After completing his duties with the Air Force, Gremillion was hired by the late Judge W.C. Falkenheiner in 1976 as assistant district attorney in the Seventh Judicial District. He served until 1981 and went into private practice with attorney John Sturgeon until 1983 when he was elected as a judge in the district following the retirement of the late Judge R.P. Boyd.
Gremillion served until 1995 when he was elected to the Third Circuit.
He also served in the National Guard from May 1989 through March 2000, retiring as a lieutenant-colonel.
"I've enjoyed everything I've done," said Gremillion. "Being a prosecutor is a great experience for any young lawyer. That's a wonderful place to start."
Gremillion said he's been fortunate to "work with really good judges who are outstanding people. I've been good friends with them all. Our staffs there and my personal staff are second to none."
He added, "I'm not through yet. When Ted Williams left baseball, he left at his peak and hit a homerun on his last at bat. He was one of my heroes. And I like the thought of leaving when you are enjoying what you do and want to leave on a high note."
Gremillion's son, Shannon, a 37-year-old Alexandria attorney, says he will be a candidate for the Third Circuit post in the October election.
Twelve judges sit in panels in each of the state's five judicial circuits. Judges are elected to ten-year terms by voters in their respective districts.
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