Gass named county’s latest special judge

By Traci Chapman
Staff Writer

District Judge Paul Hesse has announced his appointment of Canadian County prosecutor Charles Gass to take the place of Special Judge Jack McCurdy.

Charles Gass has been appointed as a special judge for Canadian County. (Provided photo)

Gass served as a deputy district attorney in Canadian County for about two years, Hesse said, previously working in a private practice with Yukon and El Reno offices. McCurdy will not leave the bench but rather change places, as he becomes the county’s most recent district judge, after prevailing in a November election.

Gass takes over the special judgeship effective Feb. 11. He will handle a predominantly domestic docket, as well as criminal, small claims and traffic cases, the judge said.

“Mr. Gass will be a great addition to the Canadian County judiciary,” Hesse said. “His reputation in the legal community, his temperament and legal experience made him a great choice to replace Judge Jack McCurdy.”

McCurdy will join Hesse at the top of Canadian County’s judiciary in January. It is the first time in county history two district judges have served in the local judicial administrative district, officials said.

“Special judges are employees of the district judges and serve at the district judges’ pleasure,” Hesse said.

Gass, who served as a local public defender, focused primarily on criminal and family law when in private practice, Hesse said. He is a member of Canadian County Bar Association and has, at various times, served as the association’s president, treasurer and secretary, the judge said.

Gass graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law after earning a political science degree from Oklahoma State University.

2 Comments

  1. Frank Smith on January 3, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    His reputation, even temperament, and experience? Lol! Just look at his reviews online!!. They couldn’t disagree more. Comments about his lying to clients, not calling them back, and inability to complete cases. Yeah, perfect pick for Canadian County. Hillbilly central.

  2. MR. BLACK ROBE SYNDROME on October 22, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    THIS JUDGE CAN’T EVEN FOLLOW HIS OWN COUNTY AND DISTRICT COURT RULES, HE IS BIAS AND DOES NOT FOLLOW THE LAW COURT RULES AND THINKS HE IS UNTOUCHABLE BEHIND THE BENCH. HE IS A PERFECT FIT FOR CORRUPTION IN CANADIAN COUNTY, HE WAS A SKETCHY ATTORNEY AND A WORSE JUDGE. HE WILL SIGN OFF ON ANY PAPER LEGAL OR NOT AS LONG AS HE DOES NOT HAVE TO PREPARE IT. IF YOUR UNLUCKY TO GET HIM ON YOUR CASE GET A CANADIAN COUNTY LAWYER and ASK FOR A JURY TRIAL OR YOU WON’T HAVE A CHANCE IN HELL. IF YOU HAVE A GOOD LOOKING WIFE OR EX KEEP THEM ON LOCKDOWN, HELL HE EVEN MARRIED HIS OWN BROTHERS WIFE. NOW THE OTHER BROTHER HAS HER NOW THAT IS HILLBILLY 101 FROM EUFALA. CANADIAN COUNTY MADE HIM A JUDGE, NOT THE PEOPLE, HE MUST OF HAD SOMETHING ON HIS BOSS JUDGE HESS TO GET THAT JOB ONLY BEING A BAD ATTORNEY FOR LESS THAN 15 YEARS. IF YOU LIVE IN CANADIAN COUNTY BEWARE!!!! HE IS ALL ABOUT DESTROYING FAMILY VALUES AND FATHERS. EVEN IF ITS AGAINST THE LAW. ASK FOR A JURY TRIAL IF YOUR SMART. AND IF HE HAS DONE YOU WRONG FILE A JUDICIAL COMPLAINT. IF YOU WANT TO CLEAN UP CANADIAN COUNTY START WITH HONEST JUDGES THAT FOLLOW THE LAW LIKE SHERRIF WEST- HE IS ONE OF THE HONEST LAWMEN IN CANADIAN COUNTY.

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