District judge Culberson retiring Sept. 1Published 1:44pm Saturday, August 3, 2013
Elmore County District Court Judge Maura Culberson announced this week that she’ll retire at the end of the month.
The three-term judge, who presides over family court issues in the county, said Friday that “it’s time,” and that she looked forward to having more time to spend with her husband Bryant, their children and their grandchildren.
“I have enjoyed this job beyond my wildest dreams,” Culberson said. “I have loved working for the people of Elmore County and appreciate their support of me and their confidence in me all these years.”
Culberson said she was proud of all she’s done as one of the county’s two district jurists.
“If I singled out any one thing, I would have to name 10 other people who were responsible for it too,” she said. “If you don’t have a good team, you can’t accomplish anything, and I had the very best team here.”
The remaining 17 months of her term will be filled by an appointee of Gov. Robert Bentley. Mike Holmes, chairman of the county’s Republican Executive Committee, put out the call for qualified candidates.
“If you feel you are qualified and have an interest in seeking this appointment please contact us,” Holmes said.
Culberson said she was confident that whoever the governor chooses, they’ll have the chance to flourish with the talented staff that has supported her time in office.
While Culberson will be able to fill in during times of need in other counties throughout the state, the time off will also offer her more chances to participate more in her hobby of running marathons.
Two years ago Culberson ran a marathon in each of the 50 states, including the Boston Marathon. Culberson thinks her first marathon after hanging up her robes may be in the Seattle area.
Qualified candidates should contact Holmes by 5 p.m. Aug. 21.
Holmes can be reached at email@example.com or 334-224-1347.