Pierce County Superior Court has announced the retirement of Court Commissioner Meagan Foley from the bench after more than 30 years.
She is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound School of Law, where she earned a Juris Doctor degree. Foley began her career in August 1988 as one of four Court Commissioners. Her first few rotations were as a Constitutional Commissioner at the County-City Building, but she did spend part of her first year at Remann Hall as the Family Court Commissioner.
There are now nine Court Commissioners for Pierce County; six civil commissioners and one criminal at the CCB and two commissioners who handle civil and criminal matters at Remann Hall.
For the past six years, Foley has been the Criminal Court Commissioner, the longest serving commissioner in that position. She will be greatly missed by the criminal bar in particular, who have come to appreciate her professionalism, compassion and demeanor on the very challenging docket.
Before starting with the Pierce County Superior Court, Foley was in private practice, focused primarily on family law. She is a long-time member of the Pierce County Criminal Justice Committee and was instrumental in the creation of the new Criminal Best Practices Manual.
Foley will spend much of her retirement traveling and gardening. She has a trip planned to Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti, for example.
“The realization is settling in that I will soon be entering a different… phase of my life,” she said. “I will always look back on my career and marvel at all of the wonderful and hard-working colleagues and staff, past and present, that I have had the privilege to work with, whether in the County-City Building, Remann Hall or Western State Hospital.”
Pierce County Superior Court is the second largest Superior Court in the state and serves the citizens and visitors of Pierce County. The court is staffed with 22 judges and nine commissioners. There are three sites where court is held; the County-City Building at 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma, Remann Hall Juvenile Court at 5501 6th Ave., Tacoma, and Western State Hospital at 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W., Lakewood.