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Local bailiff named state Court Officer of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 08 July 2013 11:30
Dennis Foy in the lobby of the Wood County Courthouse. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Dennis J. Foy, a part-time constable with the Wood County Courts, was recently presented with two awards. He was named as both the regional and state Court Officer of the Year by The Ohio Bailiffs and Court Officers Association.
Foy has been involved in some aspect of law enforcement since his military service from 1966-68 as a military police officer with the U.S. Army serving in Germany.
He has also served with the Rossford Police, the Perrysburg Municipal Court and later returned to Rossford as the chief of police from 1999-2006. He has been with the Wood County Court since 2007.
Todd Slaman, a fellow part-time constable and a retired detective, nominated Foy because of his observance of Foy’s service since Slaman met him in 1980.
“His demeanor with the community is wonderful. Everybody likes Denny Foy,” Slaman said.
He noted that he was even very well respected as the chief noting the rarity of any chief being that well-regarded.
“Sometimes a chief gets a bad rap. He went through his entire career respected. He was like a patrolman who made chief, he was one of the guys,” Slaman added.
“He does the same thing at the courthouse. He greets everyone with a smile. He talks with all the people and he always has a positive, friendly, ‘meet you at the door’ demeanor.”
“It truly was an honor in the twilight of my career,” Foy said. “I was totally surprised and somewhat perplexed.”
He was not aware that a part-time staff member would be eligible for the awards.
He attempted to downplay his worthiness and wanted to share the credit with the entire courthouse security staff.
“In talking with other court officers around the state I learned that Wood County has set the standard for court security and rightfully so. We have four full-time and nine part-time officers with over 300 years of experience in the criminal justice system in various capacities,” he said. “For that reason I really feel this was just as much of a departmental award.”
Tom Chidester, chief court constable, also had high praise for Foy. “He’s always dependable and will always volunteer to stay over for trials or after hours for meetings.”
Echoing Slaman’s comments, Chidester said “He’s very good with the public and also has a good relationship with other employees.”
He said when Foy questioned his selection, Chidester said he told Foy, “We do have a lot of good people, but you have a lot of years in law enforcement and you have been here doing a great job for me.”
According to the website outlining the award, Foy received for the state and district honor a one-year membership in the Ohio Bailiffs and Court Officers Association along with the certificate and plaque. He will also be provided the opportunity to attend an in-state training program at the expense of the association up to $200.

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