Ford County Resident Circuit Judge Stephen Pacey is retiring at the end of the year. Pacey has spent 17 years on the bench. He has three years left on his elected term as judge in the 11th circuit. A release from the trial court administrators office notes Pacey had a keen interest in mediation and arbitration programs, in restorative justice, and continuing legal education for judges. Colleagues say Pacey is well known for questioning the status quo in the operation of the court system and challenged judges and attorneys to be at their best. he also operated a private practice in Paxton for more than 20 years before becoming a judge.
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