The Honorable Judge Stephen Sharp stepped up to the bench in the courtroom for the last time, December 31, 2012, and stepped into retirement. Sharp, who has served as Presiding Circuit Judge of the 35th Judicial Circuit -- which includes Dunklin and Stoddard counties, has served longer that any of his predecessors -- including the Sharps dear friend, the Honorable Flake McHaney. According to Mrs. Patt Sharp, wife of Judge Sharp, those at the Courthouse wanted to do something special for him, however, Judge Sharp basically opposed having any of what he'd call "folderol." "He said [there would] be a lot of work to get done," Mrs. Sharp said. Still, the employees at the courthouse persisted and got him to agree to having his portrait made for the Courtroom. The portrait, done by Joe Craig, is placed on the north wall of the courtroom. "I think it's a really nice portrait and a nice tribute by some of the people who've appreciated the excellent job that Stephen's done in keeping our Courts running so well," Mrs. Sharp said. Pictured above, Sharp, left, swears in members of the Dunklin County Sheriff's Department as one of his final duties before retirement. For more information on Judge Sharp and his retirement, see the upcoming Friday, Jan. 4, edition of the Daily Dunklin Democrat.