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Posted on: May 26, 2022

Council Approves Renaming a Courtroom for Retiring Judge Stevenson

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Plano City Council paid tribute to Judge Don Stevenson in honor of his over a quarter century of service to the community. At the May 23 City Council Meeting City Manager Mark Israelson introduced the item with, “The suggestion to rename the North Courtroom of Plano’s Raymond Robinson Justice Center in honor of the retiring Chief Judge Stevenson came from a number of City employees.” 

Suggestions for naming City facilities must first go before a City Council subcommittee for consideration. After review, the subcommittee recommended bringing the issue before Council. A motion to approve the naming was unanimously passed.

The outgoing chief judge was visibly moved by the cheering from longtime colleges, family and friends. 

In the two-page proclamation read by Mayor John B. Muns during the meeting, some highlights of the Judge’s life and career were shared:

  • Graduated in 1966 from what is now the University of Texas at Arlington
  • Commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army; serving in the Vietnam War from 1967-69, becoming a captain in 1968
    • Earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and many other awards before retiring from the military in 1972
  • Attained a law degree from Southern Methodist University 
  • Served as a magistrate and municipal judge in Dallas, Tarrant and Collin counties before being hired as Plano’s chief municipal judge in 1997
  • Presided over 1.9 million Class-C misdemeanor cases, along with numerous other court-related duties
  • Swore-in over 500 Plano Police officers and established the practice of giving a silver dollar to each new recruit  
  • Initiated the annual Veterans Day project to identify and recognize every City employee and family member who served in the military

The Mayor closed by saying, “Judge Stevenson’s love of country and dedication to duty is commendable by the way he conducts himself in and out of the courtroom. He serves as an outstanding example for us all.”

Joined by his wife Ellen, Stevenson accepted the bronze wall placard saying, “I am truly humble by this (naming of courtroom) and by the appreciation shown to me by the City. I have been blessed to work with exceptional attorneys, co-judges and staff.” He also thanked the Council for all of their support over the years.

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