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Martin honored posthumously
Hilda Martin
Hilda Martin served 11 years as a Warren County Judicial Commissioner. She was honored posthumously for her service during July’s Warren County Commission meeting. Pictured is Hilda’s son, Paul Willis Jr., and his wife, Kim, accepting the recognition.

Warren County commissioners have recognized Hilda Martin. She served as a judicial commissioner for 11 years prior to her passing in July 2020.

“I wanted to honor Hilda after she passed away last year,” said judicial commissioner David Williams, who serves as supervisor. “With COVID and in-person meetings being canceled, it got pushed back and pushed back. It’s never too late to honor someone who meant so much to everyone she came in contact with.”

Martin was hired as a judicial commissioner in March 2009. She was also a teacher at Warren County High School. When needed, she pulled double duty. 

“Even though some of these young people got themselves into some sort of problem that meant they needed to end up appearing in front of court, she’d still take them to the side, put her arm around them, and talk to them. She’d say, ‘Hey, we can work through this. This is not something that’s going to ruin your life.’ She gave them that assurance,” said Williams.

Williams said Hilda expressed to him thankfulness and that it brought joy to her life that she was in a position as teacher and judicial commissioner that allowed her to be a positive influence and offer reassuring words to teens when they likely need it the most.

“It gave her such a great feeling when those young people would come up to her years later and say ‘I’d like to introduce you to my children and thank you for how you handled that. By your intervening in my life, it helped to change my life in a positive meaningful way,’” said Williams. 

Her son, Paul Willis Jr., accepted the recognition for his mother.

“I would like to say thank you to the commission for bestowing this on my mother,” said Paul. “She’s a lady who truly cherished the relationships she made, whether it be school, judicial commissioner at the jail or even in her personal life. Thank you, this does my heart good.”

Commissioners, as well as the visitors in attendance, gave those heartfelt words a standing ovation and round of applause.