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Miner Appoints Attorney for City Hall as Syracuse City Court Judge

By Staff


11296702965_caf2d98dba_kMayor Stephanie Miner has announced she will appoint Derrek Thomas to an upcoming vacancy on the Syracuse City Court in January.

Miner said she will appoint Thomas, 41, to the seat vacated by Supervising City Court Judge Stephen Dougherty, who has recently been elected as an Onondaga County Court judge.

Thomas currently serves as director of Personnel and Labor Relations for the city.

“Derrek Thomas is an excellent attorney who has provided exemplary service to the city of Syracuse in administrative hearings, negotiations, court proceedings and arbitrations,” Mayor Miner stated. “His professionalism and demeanor have enabled him to serve the people of the city of Syracuse, and he will make a strong addition to the city court bench.”

Thomas initially began serving as assistant corporation counsel in 2011, handling labor matters for the city.

He also currently serves on the boards of the Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, and the Syracuse Housing Authority.

According to Miner, Thomas will serve the remainder of Judge Dougherty’s term, which lasts through December 31, 2022; however, Thomas will have to run again for the seat in a special November election, in order to keep the position for the full term.

He currently lives with his wife and children on the north side of the city.

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