Retiring Canadian County judge honored

Yukon's Jack McCurdy has spent 39 years in legal profession; last 15 on the bench

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Canadian County District Judge Jack McCurdy joins other judges during his Nov. 28th retirement reception: Front from left, former Canadian County Associate District Judge/retired Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Reta Strubhar, Canadian County Special Judge Khristan Strubhar, Canadian County Special Judge Barbara Hatfield, Oklahoma County District Court Natalie Mai, Oklahoma County District Judge Sheila Stinson, and retired Canadian County District Judge Edward C. Cunningham; back from left, Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tom Prince, Oklahoma County District Judge Don Andrews, Judge McCurdy, Canadian County District Paul Hesse, Oklahoma County District Judge Richard Ogden, Canadian County Special Judge Charles Gass, former Canadian County Special Judge/retired Kingfisher County Associate District Judge Bob Davis, and Canadian County Associate District Judge Bob Hughey. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

EL RENO – Canadian County District Judge Jack McCurdy II was honored during a retirement reception Nov. 28 at the Canadian County Courthouse.

Judge McCurdy is retiring after 39 years in the legal profession, the last 15 as a Canadian County judge. He has been a Canadian County district judge since being elected in a landslide four years ago.

His longtime friend, Oklahoma City attorney Chris Box, called McCurdy a “lawyer’s judge.”

“He can show mercy when mercy is due, but he can also dish out punishment when punishment is due.”

Special Judge Khristan K. Strubhar will succeed McCurdy as district judge in January. El Reno attorney David Halley has been appointed as a new special judge to replace Strubhar.

See complete coverage of Judge McCurdy’s retirement and the reception in upcoming print and online editions of The Yukon Progress.

Yukon Chamber of Commerce President-elect Jarrid Wright (left) and his wife Kristi, a Canadian County court reporter, visit with El Reno attorney David Halley during Judge McCurdy’s Nov. 28th retirement reception. Halley has been appointed as a new Canadian County special judge. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
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