By Conrad Dudderar
“George Ramey Day” was observed this week in honor of a longtime Yukon attorney who served 47 years as municipal judge.
The day was proclaimed Oct. 5 in the City of Yukon to recognize this lifelong Yukon resident for his contributions to Yukon, Canadian County and Oklahoma.
Meanwhile, retired Canadian County District Judge Gary Miller is serving as Yukon’s interim municipal judge until Ramey’s permanent successor is named.
George Ramey served the City of Yukon “with distinction” as its municipal judge from 1974 to 2021, according to a proclamation signed by Mayor Shelli Selby.
“(H)e has been very dedicated and has given generously of his time to the benefit of the residents of Yukon and Canadian County and was known for the community service orders he issued that worked to benefit all of Yukon,” the proclamation reads.
Ward 4 City Council Member Aric Gilliland shared his appreciation to Ramey for his many years of dedicated service.
“I’ve known Mr. Ramey for a long time, and he had the opportunity to teach me a few lessons along the way,” Gilliland said.
Gilliland is among dozens of city council members sworn into office by Ramey.
The proclamation refers to Ramey’s service as a judge on Oklahoma Supreme Court’s Court of Appeals and “various City committees”, and his membership in the Yukon Chamber of Commerce.
“Judge Ramey has an extensive and lengthy list of accomplishments to his name and is known throughout the legal community for his ability to give a fair opportunity to all who attended the courtroom, to impose unique conditions for those on probation that came before him, and for his original ‘Dad Joke’ humor,” according to the document.
Ramey was honored in November 2019 by the Canadian County Bar Association to celebrate his 50th year as a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association.
Ramey graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1957; he attended Tulsa University Law School, graduating and gaining admission to the bar in 1969.
While at Yukon High School, Ramey was known as one of the top sprinters and hurdlers in Oklahoma.
JUDGE MILLER FILLING IN
Yukon city ordinance requires the municipal judge to be a Yukon resident. Ramey recently moved outside Yukon city limits.
Judge Miller will preside at the next Yukon municipal court hearing set Tuesday, Oct. 12.
Miller, a former longtime Canadian County judge and Yukon city attorney, is acting as interim municipal judge.
Yukon city officials “are still in the application/interview process” in the search for a new municipal judge, according to City of Yukon public information officer Jenna Roberson.