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Marshall resigns effective today after 15 years as Common Pleas judge

Bmarshall4.jpgy Nikki Blankenship

Scioto County Candor


Today is the last day on the bench for Scioto County Common Pleas Judge William T. Marshall. Marshall has announced that he is resigning/retiring effective today. He is one of two Scioto County Common Pleas judges, the other being Judge Howard H. Harcha III.

“It has been an honor and privilege to have served the residents of Scioto County for thirty-five years,” Marshall stated in a press release. “Due to having some health issues this past year and my desire to spend more time with my two grandchildren, I am announcing my resignation and retirement.”

Marshall has been a Scioto County Common Pleas judge since 2003. During that time, he started the first offender program and organized the drug court program. Marshall served as a Portsmouth Municipal Court judge from 1994-2002. Prior to becoming a judge, Marshall served as Assistant City Solicitor/City Prosecutor for the City of Portsmouth from 1983-1994. He also worked in private practice with attorney William H. Horr during the same years.

During his time as both an attorney and judge, Marshall has maintained an active role in the community. In addition to serving as judge, Marshall is a member of the Scioto County Bar Association, where he was nominations chairman for 10 years.

He has also been a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, American Judges Association, Ohio Judicial College, Portsmouth Rotary Club, Portsmouth Elks Club, Labor Management Conference Board of Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky, Board of Trustees for the Domestic Violence Task Force, STAR Judicial Advisory Board, Community Corrections Board and the Wheelersburg Lions Club. Marshall is also a former soccer and baseball coach for local youth.