Penn Yan Judge Danny Hibbard to retire

John Christensen
Penn Yan Justice Danny Hibbard

At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Penn Yan Board of Trustees, Mayor Leigh MacKerchar, announced the retirement of Penn Yan’s long-serving Justice, Danny Hibbard, effective June 1.

Until that time, MacKerchar will be seeking viable candidates to appoint one to fill out the remainder of Hibbard’s current term of office, which ends in April 2016. N.Y. State election law stipulates the mayor’s role to choose that appointee, whom MacKerchar hopes to name at the March meeting of the trustees. He adds that after a year of appointed service, that person would then be well trained and positioned to run for election to the office in 2016. He encourages interested parties to contact him at the Penn Yan Village Hall.

A native of Yates County, Danny Hibbard attended Dresden Elementary School and Penn Yan Academy, and was active in Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Adding to his full-time day job as a butcher, he was first elected as a part-time Village Justice in 1989, taking the bench in April that year.

Now 62 years old and after serving 26 years, the still youthful Hibbard says, “It’s a good thing to leave when people will still say they’ll miss you.” His wife, Linda, had the greatest influence on his choice of retirement date; she will be retiring herself June 1 after many years as a valued nurse with Pre-Emption Family Medicine in Penn Yan.

The Hibbards plan on moving to Texas soon to be nearer their daughter and granddaughter, but Danny says if it weren’t for family, they’d probably stay in Penn Yan where he grew up. He also looks forward to escaping the bite of New York’s winter weather: “After 62 years, this skinny body has had enough of the cold,” he adds with a laugh.