- Scott Leehy
Bernard Scott Leehy (born 1962) became the newest judge on the
LouisianaFourth Judicial District Court bench in Ouachita and Morehouse parishes on January 1, 2007. He was officially sworn in as district judge on December 27, 2006. Leehy had been the Monroe City Court judge since 1997. A Republican, he defeated the Democrat Jay Mitchell in the September 30, 2006, jungle primaryfor the seat being vacated by the retiring Judge Jimmy Dimos. Leehy polled 15,494 votes (56 percent) to Mitchell's 12,121 ballots (44 percent).
Leehy attributed his victory to "a lot of hard work. A lot of people poured blood, sweat, and tears into this campaign." The unexpired term runs through
December 31, 2008.
Leehy won the election to the Division B city judgeship on
September 21, 1996. He defeated a fellow Republican, George Carso, 6,127 (56 percent) to 4,736 (44 percent). He was reelected in 2002 without opposition. From 1990-1997, Leehy worked for the district attorney's office. A special election will be held on March 31, 2007, to fill the remainder of Leehy's term as city judge.
An Ouachita Parish native, Leehy is a graduate of West Monroe High School. He holds the WMHS "Distinguished Alumni Award." He obtained his
bachelor's degreefrom the University of Louisiana at Monroe, then "Northeast Louisiana University". He then graduated from the Mississippi CollegeSchool of Law in Jackson.
Judge Leehy and his wife, Charlynn, married in 1986. They have two children, Nicholas (born 1992) and Michael (born 1996). They are members of
Jesusthe Good Shepherd Catholic Church, where he is a trustee. He is a member of the Judicial Council of the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Louisiana Bar Association. He is secretary of the Louisiana City Court Judges Association. Leehy is also a volunteer for the Salvation Armyand a member of the Rotary Club.
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