Over 100 people crowded into the Lone Star Community Center in Montgomery Friday afternoon to honor retiring Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Lanny Moriarty.
Judge Moriarty has his led a life in service of the public since joining the Houston Police Department in 1972, at the age of 19. With HPD, Moriarty served in the Traffic Division, Special Ops, Dignitary Protection Squad and the Auto Theft Division. He retired in December 1992 and went to work for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in January 1993. In 1994, the MCSO promoted Moriarty to Lieutenant over a five county Auto Theft Task Force that served Montgomery County, Grimes County, Walker County, San Jacinto County and Polk County. He retired from that position in 2002, having served 31 years in law enforcement.
On January 1, 2003, Lanny Moriarty was sworn in as Montgomery County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace, where he since served for 12 years. Judge Moriarty remains one of the most liked and respected elected officials in Montgomery County. Known for his kind, patient, yet firm approach on the bench, Judge Moriarty has easily kept his position and maintained the support of his precinct, as well as the rest of Montgomery County.
Judge Moriarty formed a strong bond with the other Justices of the Peace, including Judge Trey Spikes, of Precinct 2.
“I am proud to call Lanny Moriarty my friend,” Spikes said. “It has been an honor to serve with him. He has helped me to become a better Judge, and has helped Montgomery County in so many ways.”
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts called Moriarty “the true definition of a public servant.”
“Judge Moriarty is one of those rare men who decided at an early age to spend his life helping people, and he has done just that,” Judge Metts said. “He became a police officer when he was barely an adult, and retired from law enforcement to become a judge, having found another way to serve his community.”
“I have the utmost respect for Judge Moriarty and I’m thankful for his friendship,” Judge Metts said. “I hate to see him leave the bench, but he has certainly earned some rest.”
We at Montgomery County Police Reporter share Judge Spikes’ and Judge Metts’ sentiments and thank Judge Moriarty for his service and the many lives he touched as a police officer and as a judge.
Fortunately, Judge Moriarty is leaving his precinct in good hands. Wayne Mack, another man that has been a police officer and devoted to public service, will be the next Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace, taking his oath office on May 1.
Anyone else who would like wish Judge Moriarty well in his retirement is welcome to comment on this post.
Judge Lanny Moriarty will be missed. I had the privilege myself to stand before him, beside my teen, who was acting out in school, with disrespectful & “could care less” behaviors. Every other adult I had encountered while raising that boy allowed his smile, charm and sob stories sway their judgment in holding him responsible.
I met the one man who did NOT let a boy’s manipulation of his circumstances affect the discipline and accountability he was required to demonstrate in civilized society. Judge Moriarty listened to my pleas that someone had to actually enforce school rules and society’s laws AND use a heavy hand! Yet, he was stern, fair and unemotional in handing down a punishment that would insure that my child would have to think about his actions.
Out of all the WISD administrators & officials who never listened to a mother who begged for structure, discipline & consistency, I knew that Judge Moriarty had my child’s future as his top concern in issuing his judgment.
Montgomery County is losing a great man, who obviously cares for his community and served us with an exemplary commitment. I personally thank you for making this a better place to live.
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