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Judge Kocher says ‘It’s been a blur’ in Ontario

Ontario County Court Judge William Kocher said his final farewell from the bench as he now retires.

Judge Kocher has served as Ontario County Court Judge since 2006, New York state law dictates that all county judges must retire at the age of 70. Kocher sat down with Messenger Post for an in-depth video interview to talk about his career, family and future plans.

“I can’t be thankful enough for the opportunity I’ve had,” said Kocher. “It’s been a blur.”

Kocher thanked numerous people, including his mentors Jim Sapienza and Jim Harvey. In retirement he plans to stay active dedicating more time to his family and enjoying some of his hobbies.

Kocher’s journey began when he was an undergraduate accounting major at Indiana University. Afterwards he decided to go after a career in law school, going on to graduate from Cornell University in 1973.

Upon completion of his law degree Kocher began his career in 1974 as a private practice lawyer and a part-time assistant Ontario County district attorney. He worked as a an assistant D.A. until 1991 and as an attorney until 2006. In addition, he served as an elected town justice for the Victor Town Court from 1991 until he joined the county court in 2006.

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