Circuit judge announces retirement plans

Shenandoah County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Hupp listens to an attorney during circuit court proceedings. Hupp has announced his plans for retirement. Rich Cooley/Daily file

Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp  has announced he plans to retire from the judicial circuit after 26 years on the bench.

The retirement will take effect on Aug. 1, Hupp said in a letter Friday to the Shenandoah County Bar Association. The circuit includes Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Clarke, Page and Rockingham counties. The Virginia General Assembly will have to vote to fill the judgeship early next year.

“It has been an honor and privilege to have served the Commonwealth of Virginia and the citizens of the Twenty-sixth Judicial Circuit in this capacity for the past quarter of a century,” Hupp stated in the letter.

“I have very much enjoyed my association and interaction with the bar members from within our circuit and beyond, and this is most especially true with respect to the bar here in Shenandoah County,” Hupp continued.

Hupp also noted in the letter that he looks forward to continuing to serve in the time before his retirement, and also when needed during his retirement whenever the chief justice designates him to do so.