Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Appoints Sam McNamara to Franklin Circuit Court

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, July 12, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Judge McNamara will serve the circuit’s 1st division

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today appointed Frankfort attorney Samuel G. McNamara as Judge of the Franklin Circuit Court, Division 1.

Judge McNamara replaces Judge Roger Crittenden, who retired effective June 15.

“I am pleased that Judge McNamara has stepped up and offered his services to the citizens of Franklin County,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Judge McNamara’s educational background and more than 40 years of practice at all levels of our court system make him especially well suited for this role.”

“I am pleased that I have been given the opportunity to give back to the profession that I have practiced for all these years,” said Judge McNamara. 

“Judge McNamara will do an outstanding job as circuit judge for Franklin County,” said Judge Tom Wingate, Franklin Circuit Court, Division 2.  “I have known Sam for all of my years of practice and he brings scholarship and integrity to the bench.  It will be an honor to serve with him.”

“I have known Sam McNamara for a number of years, he has been a hard working attorney, will make a great judge, and I look forward to working with him,” said Franklin County Sheriff Ted Collins.

A native of Danville, Judge McNamara is a graduate of Centre College and the Vanderbilt University school of law, where he served on the Vanderbilt Law Review.  He has practiced in Frankfort since 1966, participating in numerous cases resulting in reported decisions from the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Kentucky.  He and his wife, Marsha, have four children, Rob, Patrick, Laura Leigh and John.