MIAMI COUNTY — Running unopposed for Miami County Municipal Court Judge, local attorney Samuel Huffman said he is looking forward to serving his community from the bench.
Current Miami County Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Gutmann will retire at the end of her term in December. She has been a municipal court judge since 2000.
Huffman, 50, has practiced law in Miami County for more than 22 years at his law firm Huffman, Landis, Weaks and Walters on Plum Street in Troy.
Huffman said the majority of his practice has been in the local municipal court and he felt the timing of the opportunity to transition into a new role in the courtroom was right.
“I’ve handled about every type of case you can in municipal court in the state. I have a lot of experience in other municipal courts, too. I’ve practiced in more than 20 different municipal courts in 13 different counties around the state,” Huffman said. “So I think I bring that different perspective from other courts to our court — good and bad things — that other courts do.”
Huffman said he doesn’t plan on any major changes in the first year as municipal court judge, noting the “outstanding work” Judge Gutmann has done during her tenure of service.
“I have some pretty big shoes to fill. She’s done a wonderful job for the community and for the county,” Huffman said. “She made a lot of changes to our municipal court that made our court better. Our court runs pretty smooth. It’s one of the best, if not the best, in the Dayton area. “
Huffman said during his two decades of practice he has built solid relationships with the local bar, prosecutors, law enforcement and is active in the community where he was born and raised.
“I believe I can be fair and impartial as I serve the community in this capacity,” he said.
Huffman said he has a great staff at the law firm, which he shares with his brother, Robert Jr., and respective partners.
Huffman said he enjoyed helping people as a former school and recreation board member and is looking forward to helping more people on a county level.
Huffman is a graduate of Milton-Union High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and his Juris Doctorate from Ohio Northern University. He served on the Milton-Union Schools’ board of education for 11 years and was a former Union Township youth recreation association member and past president.
Huffman will take oath of office on Dec. 29.
Huffman resides in Union Township with his wife, Suzanne, and children, Luke, Laura, and Gabriella.
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