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:
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.