I hope to hear from many of you soon.
St. Louis, Mo.
It was my honor and privilege to be able to speak to the downtown noon Kiwanis yesterday. Prior to that time District Judge Tom Landrith graciously provided a tour of the renovated courthouse and new city-county jail. I just wanted to compliment the citizens of your fine community on the foresight and support for these projects. Retaining the historical courthouse and updating its interior has allowed the preservation of the county’s history while preparing for the needs of the 21st century. Likewise the recognition that only a new jail could provide the security and requirements for the future, the citizens exercised great judgment in giving their consent to provide this technologically advanced facility that will meet the county requirements for years to come.
It is not surprising that the Ada community would step up to meet the needs of the city and county government. It has been my experience that the community has been blessed with outstanding judicial officers who have earned the respect and credibility of the community, thus leading to the ability to pass the questions that provided the funding for these projects. District Judge Tom Landrith and Associate District Judge Martha Kilgore are both respected throughout the state for their knowledge and judicial ability. I am certain these new facilities will ensure they have the tools needed to provide the citizens with an efficient judicial system in the years to come.
My compliments to the citizens of Ada and Pontotoc County for truly a job well done.
Gary L. Lumpkin
Judge, The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals