York county judge to retire after 30 years

Posted July 06, 2011, at 9:49 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine judge who has spent 30 years on the bench is retiring.

Superior Court Justice G. Arthur Brennan, who is based in York County, will retire Aug. 26.

The Portland Press Herald said Brennan is known for his involvement in drug court and his particular interest in youth.

Saco lawyer Walter Smith described Brennan as a “real gentleman.”

Brennan was nominated to the district court bench in 1981 and elevated to the Superior Court in 1984.

Before becoming a judge, Brennan was an assistant attorney general and the York County district attorney.

Brennan has asked to be placed on “active retired” status, which means he can work on cases assigned by the chief justice.