An Evolving Judgeship
The Montgomery County Probate Judgeship was created in 1850 as an elected position with a term of six years.
Originally the duties of the Probate Judge were administrative duties and responsibilities relating to the control of roads, ferries, bridges, and the management of public buildings. The Probate Judge was also responsible for custody of land records and protected chattels by registration of brands. The first Judge of Probate for Montgomery County was David Campbell who was in office from 1850-1875. Judge Campbell previously served as Probate Judge in 1838 when the office was still a part of the county court system.
The responsibilities of the Probate Judge are far more complex and demanding than they were in the 1850's. Today, the Judge of Probate is one of the primary contacts with local government for many residents of the county. Most citizens of Montgomery County have some type of communication with his office whether through vehicle registration, probating of wills, deed and title searches, adoptions, guardianships, conservatorships, purchasing of marriage or business licenses, or other legal issues addressed through the Court. The Probate Judge is also the Chief Election Official.