Marcus Brinks, chief deputy commonwealth\u2019s attorney for Patrick County, was elected by the General Assembly March 9 as the General District Court judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit.\r\nBrinks will replace Judge Edwin A. Gendron, who retired Jan. 31. Brinks will begin serving as judge beginning July 1.\r\n\u201cIt is a great honor to be selected as the next General District Court judge for the 21st Judicial Circuit,\u201d Brinks said in a statement released Monday. \u201cI was humbled by the tremendous support I received from my bar colleagues and many, many Patrick County citizens.\r\n\u201cThe Virginia General Assembly and especially the delegation\u2014Sen. Bill Stanley and Delegates Les Adams, Danny Marshall and Charles Poindexter\u2014have my sincere gratitude for electing me a judge,\u201d Brinks said. \u201cI will do my utmost to justify their confidence and perform my new duties in a fair manner for all the citizens of the city of Martinsville, Henry and Patrick Counties.\u201d\r\nBrinks, who lives in Patrick Springs, has worked full-time for the commonwealth\u2019s attorney\u2019s office since July of 2000, and prior to that, worked part-time from January of 1996 until June of 2000.\r\nHe was in private practice in Stuart from 1992 until 2000.\r\nBrinks graduated from Washington and Lee University with a bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degree, cum laude; Washington and Lee University School of Law, with a J.D. degree; and Georgetown University Law Center in the top 10% of his class.\r\nBrinks served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General for 28 years and retired from reserve duty in 2011 with the rank of colonel.