EASTON — Retired Judge William Scott Horne was awarded the R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. Distinguished Award for Public Service on Jan. 12. The glass trophy had a gavel designed with the Maryland flag.
“This is the first year of the award and it is for volunteer service. It is recognizing people who have been dedicated to the community,” said Horne’s Daughter Amy Horne-Kolligian.
The award was presented by Mitchell’s son Clayton A. Mitchell. Clayton Mitchell Jr. was speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates. He died on June 13, 2019. The awards were created by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot to pay tribute to Mitchell’s legacy.
Judge Horne was Circuit Administrative Judge in the 2nd Judicial Circuit from 1999 to 2005. This circuit covered Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. He was County Administrative Judge for Talbot County Court 2nd Judicial Circuit from 1995 to 2005. He retired in November 2005.
He received his law degree from Tulane University and served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958.
“When Mr. Mitchell was speaker of the House, dad chaired the House Judiciary Committee. We were just talking about how they shared a hotel suite during the session,” said Horne-Kolligian.