It was standing room only this afternoon in Hancock County Common Pleas Court, courtroom one, as Judge Joseph Niemeyer was recognized for his more than 40 years of service in the legal community.
Niemeyer, who has served as judge for the past 25 years in Hancock County Common Pleas Court, was honored during an open house. He was recognized by city, county and state government officials and organizations.
State Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay, commended Niemeyer for his years of service.
“I think that you’re known, judge, throughout our entire community, for both your fairness and impartiality and attention to detail. We greatly appreciate that,” Sprague said.
Niemeyer thanked those in attendance, adding that looking into the crowd brought lots of memories.
“The people that have shown up here, it’s amazing,” Niemeyer said.
Niemeyer also thanked his family, who packed into the jury box.
Niemeyer, 67, is a Findlay native and a 1975 graduate of Ohio Northern University law school, Ada. He was an assistant county prosecutor from 1975 to 1984, and county prosecutor from 1985-1990. He also was a partner in the Findlay law firm Fry, Niemeyer and Kissh from 1985-1990.
He has been a common pleas court judge for 25 years, since 1991.
Courier reporter Allison Reamer will have more on Wednesday.