Municipal judge marks 30 years on local bench

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The City of Kilgore’s changed a lot the past 30 years, but its Municipal Court is still very much the same – its chief justice, in particular.

Last week, Kilgore City Council members recognized local Judge Glenn Phillips for three decades serving the community. He offered a few thoughts later, looking back at his time on the bench so far.

“Honestly, it’s gone by quick. So many things have happened,” he said. “Have you ever been on a job for 30 years? All the people I started working with are gone.”

Thirty years on, “It’s different, but it’s the same ol’ thing. I’m having to work a lot harder than I used to. The laws are different, the people are different, but we’re still doing basically the same thing.”

For Phillips, the biggest change has been the attitude of Texas lawmakers in Austin.

“The legislature is going more and more and more into people not being held accountable,” he lamented. “That’s disappointing.”

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