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Royal Oak Judge Seeking Re-election…

Royal Oak Judge Seeking Re-election Likely to Retire in January Due to Relationship ScandalHowesLocation

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Nov. 1, 2014)

Royal Oak 44th District Judge Terrance Brennan is up for re-election Tuesday, but he has not been in court for weeks, and a report by the Detroit News reveals that Brennan is likely to resign in January – after he wins office – due to allegations of an inappropriate relationship with an employee.

According to the report, Brennan has been on personal paid administrative leave since Oct. 8. City Attorney David Gillam told the Detroit News that a female employee has also “hired an attorney to negotiate a financial settlement for her to retire as well, in an arrangement being brokered by court essentialand city officials.”

Brennan has been District Court Judge in Royal Oak since 1991. He earns $138,000 a year and upon leaving would receive a pension of $98,000 a year, court officials told the News.

City Commissioner David Poulton learned of the scandal and told the Detroit News that he confirmed Brennan would be retiring in January. Brennan is unopposed on the ballot, but Poulton was able to sign on as a write-in candidate for the race.sidebar012stairs

The Detroit News reports “One of the district’s retired judges, Daniel Sawicki, has been handling Brennan’s docket in his absence and Judge Derek Meinecke, a former assistant prosecuting attorney elected to the Royal Oak bench in 2012, was named the district’s chief judge by the court administrative office Oct. 13.”

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