LIMA — While the final month of her 35-year career at Lima Municipal Court has been a little surreal — with most proceedings at the court shut down due to the COVID-19 epidemic — Cheryl Callahan got one last surprise Thursday before she headed off to a life of retirement.
It was her day. Officially. By proclamation.
Chief Magistrate Richard Warren surprised Callahan with a framed proclamation formally designating Thursday as Cheryl Callahan Recognition Day in the Lima court. The proclamation was signed by Warren, judges Tammie Hursh and David Rodabaugh, magistrate John Payne, Clerk of Courts Jim Link and Court Administrator Lisa Deters.
“Every day the residents of the city of Lima and Allen County directly have benefited from the dedication and commitment of Cheryl Callahan, a faithful public servant and unsung hero of the local judicial system,” the proclamation read in part. It ended with the notation that Callahan’s “positive attitude and willingness to serve will be greatly missed … by all who perform duties here at the Lima Municipal Court and the citizens of Allen County.”
Warren said Callahan’s ability to work with the public “is one of her strongest suits. She was a sounding board for members of the public who dealt with the court and she did it in a professional way. She’s been a joy to work with. Cheryl has a ton of knowledge and experience and she just knew what needed to be done.”
Callahan joined the court in 1985 after being hired by former Judge William Lauber. Throughout her career she has worked primarily with Magistrates Joseph Weir, David Cheney, John Payne and Warren. As a deputy bailiff her job, in a nutshell, was to keep the courts running smoothly. Filing paperwork, assigning cases and working with attorneys was all in a day’s work.
“But interacting with the public is what I liked best,” Callahan said. “I liked being able to help the public resolve their issues.”