Judge Williamson overdue for retirement?


Lock Haven

Clinton County citizens, its voters and taxpayers are wondering how five years after retirement age, Judge J. Michael Williamson is still sitting on the bench?!

Up until the law change on Nov. 8, 2016, he should have been completely off the bench due to his age.

At that time, the law states the retirement for Pennsylvania judges is age 70. He was over that!

So we would like to know how far does his power go in this county to think the law doesn’t apply to him?

And sit on the bench, until a law magically makes it legal for him to be there?

He should have retired five years ago, in 2012.

The 2017 calendar year is over; he is still in office. So far as I know, Judge Williamson will be 76 years old this year.

Section 18 Article VI states, “Justices, judges and justices of the peace shall be retired on the last day of the calendar year in which they attain the age of 75 years.”

How and why is Judge Williamson still in office? Come on, Clinton County courts, we demand answers.

(Editor’s Note: The Pennsylvania Constitution requires that state, county and municipal judges retire at age 75, however retired judges may, with approval of the state court administrator, continue to serve the Commonwealth as senior judges.)