Judge Frederick C. (Fritz) Hany II has instituted a Municipal Court Veteran’s Affairs Committee. The committee will aid the Probation Department in addressing mental health and/or substance abuse issues unique to veterans. “In many cases, veterans with no previous criminal history find themselves in the criminal justice system after their tour of duty,” Hany stated, “One goal of this committee is to target these cases and direct offenders to resources available for appropriate treatment.”
The committee has also undertaken a project to document and honor Ottawa County Veterans’ service to the nation. Chairperson Peggy Debien, herself a former Naval Officer, said, “The displays located in the lobby of the Municipal Court are intended not only to honor our county’s veterans but also to present examples of good citizenship in our country.”
In addition to Debien, members appointed to the committee are County Commissioners James Sass and Jodi Regal; DeAnn Louk, Senior Veterans Service Officer (currently on active duty); Veterans David McDougall, Roger Velliquette, Ron Distel and Military Historian, Kevin Winters.