New chapter: Court specialist thanked for years of service

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 By Christine L. Mobley

Legal News
 
An integral player in Oakland County Circuit and Probate courts has turned the page to a new chapter in her life: retirement.
 
Marcia Travis has been an Oakland County employee for 26 years. Her retirement officially began this week.
 
She began in the Prosecutor’s Office in 1985 and stayed there for 10 years before coming to the Circuit Court Administration Office where she has spent the last 16 years as a Court Resource and Program specialist, researching and writing grants to obtain additional funding for the Adult Treatment Court program. 
 
She assisted in the production of various court sponsored events, developed public relation materials – such as press releases and annual reports – and handled special projects assigned by the Oakland County Circuit and Probate Courts.
 
Travis says although she loved her job and there was never a dull moment, she will miss her co-workers most of all.
 
“My co-workers were the most amazing people who were easy to work with, down to earth people who worked hard and had a great sense of humor,” Travis said. 
 
“I will miss the satisfaction of being part of a team that contributes to a bigger goal. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to work with the circuit and probate judges and network with so many wonderful people on such diverse projects”
 
The feeling around the courthouse is mutual.
 
“There are few people that when they leave we say are irreplaceable, but Marcia Travis is one of them. She works behind the scenes to make our court programs run efficiently and she does it with great skill, calmness, competence and grace” Oakland County Circuit Court Chief Judge Nanci Grant said. “We will miss her.”
 
“Marcia Travis’ work with the court has really benefited the judges and the court users for many years. She’s one of our unsung heroes,” Oakland County Probate Court Chief Judge Linda Hallmark said. “Marcia’s just fabulous; I’m still in denial that she’s leaving us.”
 
Looking back on her 26 years with Oakland County, Travis noted, “Throughout my career, God has always been there when I needed help or direction. If I have any words of wisdom (upon retiring) to offer it would be found in Proverbs 3:6 – ‘In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.’”

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