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AO Director to Retire in 2006
Leonidas Ralph Mecham, Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S.
Courts for more than 20 years, has announced he will retire this year. Mecham
has agreed to stay until a successor is in place. A search committee named by
the Chief Justice is now reviewing candidates.
Mecham’s tenure at the AO has been marked by remarkable advances in
technology in the federal courts, the decentralization of administrative
functions, substantial increases in pay over inflation, a much-needed courthouse
construction program, the development of an outstanding benefits program for
judges and employees, and many other successes. “My goals throughout my tenure
were good relations, openness, accountability and achievement, leadership, and
service to the courts,” said Mecham. “I leave believing I have accomplished
most, if not all, of those goals, in great part through an outstanding AO staff,
the best in government.”