Street is retiring from 36 years as a circuit judge and said he’s “ready to move on.” At a celebration of his retirement and 71st birthday at Anniston Country Club Thursday night, Street said he’s looking forward to spending more time with his children and grandchildren.
“I think I’m ready to not have a schedule for a while and see how I like that,” the judge said.
Street said he doesn’t yet have any plans for his retirement, but is considering working in mediation or returning to teaching.
The judge said he’s had a rewarding career and would have been ready for retirement, even if his age hadn’t been a factor. The Alabama Constitution states a judge may not begin a new term after turning 70. Street will be succeeded Monday by newly elected Judge Bud Turner.
Turner described Street as the kind of person others always go to for advice.
“He’s steady and a great guy to be around,” Turner said. “He’s a hard worker and always on the job.”
Turner said he’s told Street he should be a card player because “you can’t tell what he’s thinking. He’s got a poker face.”
District Attorney Brian McVeigh said Street’s experience and wisdom will be missed.
“He’s been a fair judge and allowed lawyers to try their cases,” McVeigh said.
Calhoun County Circuit Clerk Ted Hooks said he met Street 36 years ago when he began his own career as a freelance court reporter. Hooks said Street has always been helpful and fair.
“He’s got a dry wit and intellect that’s not questioned,” Hooks said. “He’s confident.”
Attorney Ron Allen said he’s tried cases in a lot of counties, in front of many judges and believes a good judge is fair, patient and intelligent. Street possesses every one of those qualities, according to Allen.
Allen, who regularly golfs with Street, said the judge has a different personality off the bench.
“He’s a lot of fun and great to be around,” the attorney said.
Paralegal Janet Odom said she’s known Street for the entirety of her career and calls him a friend.
“He’s a well-respected judge and person,” Odom said. “There’s no question he’s fair.”
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