The 47th District Court honored Magistrate Dennis J. Pheney for more than 35 years of service as magistrate by dedicating the magistrate courtroom in his honor.
Pheney was presented with a plaque by Judge Marla Parker and Judge James Brady at the Court’s annual service award ceremony. The plaque was subsequently mounted outside the first floor courtroom in the 47th District Courthouse on the Farmington Hills Government Campus.
Pheney was first appointed as magistrate on June 9, 1983 by then Chief Judge Margaret G. Schaeffer. He has served during the tenure of all five of the Court’s judges: Judge Michael Hand, Judge Schaeffer, Judge Frederick Harris, Judge Parker and Judge Brady. During his 35 years, among others, his fellow magistrates have included both Parker and Brady prior to their election as judges, and current colleagues Michael Sawicky and Matthew Friedrich.
Prior to the creation of the district court system in 1968, Pheney served as an associate municipal judge in Farmington, working with then Municipal Judge Michael Hand. In addition to his service as magistrate, Pheney is an attorney with the Farmington Hills firm of McElroy & Pheney. He is a graduate of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Detroit Law School. Pheney was joined at the presentation ceremony by his wife Lynn and children Dennis, Maura, and Kitty.
Also at the awards ceremony, Parker and Brady joined Farmington Hills Mayor Ken Massey and Farmington Mayor Steve Schneemann in honoring attorney Stephen Meads, who has served both cities as city attorney for prosecution for more than 25 years. Meads, a shareholder with the Farmington Hills firm of Rosati, Schultz, Joppich & Amtsbuechler, P.C., began his duties as prosecutor for the cities in 1992 and is among the most highly regarded attorneys in his field. 47th District Court Administrator Dave Walsh cites the court’s working relationship with Meads as a key contributor to the organizational success of the Court.
Prior to his career in municipal law, Meads spent five years as an Assistant Prosecutor with the Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He is a graduate of Albion College and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Meads was joined at the ceremony by his wife, Glenda.
Others honored at the Court’s annual award ceremony included: 30 years of service – Court Reporter Anne Nelson; 20 years of service – Deputy Court Administrator Stacy Parke, recently retired Senior Clerk Barbara Sieszputowski, and Probation Clerk Anita Schwartz; 10 years of service – Probation Officer Vanessa Karoumy, Senior Clerk Michelle Alexander, and Maintenance Assistant Rich Lock; and for 5 years of service – Probation Officer Jessica Wood, Civil Clerk Patricia Bartlett, and Traffic-Criminal Clerk Lisa Langenbacher.