From judge to marshal

Former juvenile/probate judge Glenn Hamilton will serve as grand marshal of the Fourth of July parade in London.

The former Madison County juvenile/probate judge will be honored in this year’s Fourth of July parade in London, serving as the grand marshal.

Glenn Hamilton, who served 30 years on the bench before retiring in January, will lead the parade.

The judge was somewhat humble in his response.

“I don’t know why,” Hamilton joked. “I think they didn’t have anybody else to fill the spot.”

Since he took the bench in 1985, Hamilton’s life has been dedicated to working with juveniles and handling custody cases, among other lawful responsibilities.

Hamilton said he has participated in parades for political campaigns, but has never been a grand marshal. He said he would likely wear red, white and blue for the occasion.

“It’s a great honor,” Hamilton said.

The judge said in a previous interview with The Press that when a policeman or postal worker stops him in the grocery store and thanks him for putting their lives on the right track back when they were 16, he knows he had a great job.

“It’s a great job because you have the power to make things different,” Hamilton said.

Mayor-elect Patrick Closser, who serves on the parade committee, said he always tries to find someone who has had a positive local impact. Closser said Hamilton’s work with young people in the county made him a terrific choice.

“He’s done a lot of good for the city of London as well as the county,” Closser said.

The parade will be held July 4 at 11 a.m.

Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.