Covington Co. District Judge Retires After 21 Years

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By Amanda Wade

After 21 years as Covington County's District Judge, Frank "Trippy" McGuire is retiring.

Monday was McGuire's last day in the courtroom, and he says he decided to retire to spend more time with his 94 year old father and with his wife. He says during retirement he plans to pursue his hobbies, like scuba diving and traveling to historic places.

McGuire says the most rewarding part of the job is helping people turn their lives around for the better. He also says Covington County has the 12th highest case load in the State, so he will not miss the frustrations of the job, but he will miss the people, "The thing that makes it worthwhile to me is the people that I work with, because despite the hardship, the under funding, the undermanned, the people I work with are always at it all the time and they never complain. They're always positive, they're always extremely polite to the public, and extremely nice to me."

Julie Moody was sworn in Monday at 3pm to take McGuire's place as Covington County's District Judge.