CIRCLEVILLE — Municipal Court Judge Gary Dumm has decided to retire.
Dumm, 67, was appointed to the bench by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in 2008 after his predecessor, Judge John Adkins, died while in office. Drumm was then re-elected in 2013, running unopposed.
“I decided very recently that I wasn’t going to do it again,” he said of the position. “I gave it a lot of thought and decided to walk away from it. It’s been one of the best experiences of my career. It’s time to move on, and age-wise, it’s time to retire.”
Dumm said he’s enjoyed the job but that it is time for him to leave.
“Had a great time in the job and I’ve enjoyed the support I’ve had in the community for the job,” he said. “I appreciate every minute of it.”
Prior to being appointed and then re-elected, Dumm served as an acting judge under Judge O.C. Hosterman and Adkins from 1983 until 1990 when he started his own practice.
Dumm said he is proud of the accomplishments he’s made with the court, which include the major renovation to the basement that is now occupied by the Municipal Court and Pickaway County Intensive Supervision Probation departments.
“We’ve made some great progress at municipal court,” he said. “I’ve had a real good time steering the ship. I have no complaints.”
Craig Stevens, municipal court clerk and Dumm’s former bailiff and court administrator, said he is happy for Dumm, adding that serving under him for the last 11 years has been a pleasure.
“Judge Dumm has made a concerted effort to ensure timely dispositions of all court cases,” he said. “In addition, he has always strived to have meaningful sentences; a fair balance between incarceration, probation and fines and costs.”
Stevens said he believes many see Dumm as a judge with a steady temperament.
“I believe if you asked the local Pickaway County Bar, as well as out of county attorneys, they would tell you that Judge Dumm is fair and impartial, which is the greatest compliment a judge could ever receive,” he said.
As far as what’s next, Dumm said he plans to stay involved in the legal community and will serve as a visiting judge for courtrooms around the county. He has no plans to resume a private practice.
“I’ll probably sit as a visiting judge just to keep myself in the loop and stay current on the things I’ve always done in the practice of law,” he said. “I’m looking forward to that. Do a little traveling, but otherwise just enjoy life.”
Dumm will remain on the bench in Circleville Municipal Court for the remainder of his term through the rest of 2019, when voters will select a new judge in the general election. Magistrate Elisa Frosini Peters is the only person that has filed for the position thus far.