A remarkable career in the judiciary commanded center stage here last week when colleagues, court officials, staff members, law enforcement officials, community leaders, family and friends honored retiring District Judge Joe Enos.
It was a fitting tribute to a man who occupied a seat on the bench for 32 years, one whose reputation for running a stern courtroom, for knowing thoroughly the law, for tirelessly researching all cases and for creating an atmosphere of fairness became his hallmark early.
Enos has performed well a challenging job in a difficult arena.
He has been a credit to his profession.
He graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Law, worked for the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office for two years and served as an assistant district attorney in Duncan for four years before seeking elected office.
He earned the associate district judge’s seat in 1983 and assumed the district judge’s role in 2005.
He was always known as a student of the law, making certain his decisions and rulings were based on fact, precedent and history. Rarely was there doubt it was his courtroom and though he often made difficult, pressurized and even emotional decisions, his concern for and commitment to “getting it right” was of legendary proportion.
Joe Enos has been a giant on the Stephens County and Jefferson County judiciary scene. He leaves huge footsteps to follow. His is a legacy of honor and respect, of service and fairness. He has done well.