Manlius Bill Barrett and his wife, Celeste, have been residents of the village of Manlius for nine years and Barrett is currently serving in his second term as the acting Manlius village justice.
“I believe that my transition to the village justice position will be seamless, as I have received two years of judicial training, and Judge Greenman and I have worked closely together since I was appointed to the bench in 2011,” Barrett said. “It has been an honor to work with, and be mentored by, Judge Greenman, and to learn and base my bench practices and procedures after the Judge who has served this Village for the past 33 years.”
Barrett has been a practicing attorney for over 19 years. He has appeared in a vast assortment of courts, an average of 12 times per week, or approximately 600 court appearances per year, totaling well over 11,000 over his career.
He has represented children as law guardian for 19 years and has represented indigent clients as assigned counsel for 17 of those years. His law office is located in the village of Manlius and has been located here for the past seven years.
“I am personally invested in this community and this position, as I have three teenage girls attending the Fayetteville-Manlius schools, all of whom will be in high school this year,” Barrett said. “The fact is, I have seen an increasing number of youths appear before me charged with everything from traffic charges to drug offenses. Therefore, I have an ongoing interest in not only serving and helping the community that my children are growing up in, but also in fulfilling my duty to attempt to rehabilitate the young people that appear in front of me, and to do everything I can to help guide them down the right path as law abiding citizens.”
Election Day is March 19.