Courthouse, building and zoning department employees adjust

ESCANABA – Two new Delta County Courthouse employees are filling their new positions quite well.

Emily DeSalvo is the new 94th District Court administrator/magistrate and started her new position April 13, filling the spot of former administrator/magistrate Tammy George.

DeSalvo said she has been settling well into her new role.

“Everybody has been very helpful. We had the court administrator/magistrate of district court from Marquette County come and help me settle into everything. It’s a learning experience like any job, but it’s been good so far,” she said.

As court administrator, DeSalvo oversees the general operations of district court for Judge Glenn Pearson and serves as supervisor for traffic and criminal clerks. The role also includes statistical reporting for the state court administrator’s office. In the magistrate portion of the job, she assists the full-time magistrate with functions like informal hearings, landlord-tenant disputes, and performing weddings.

DeSalvo received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology from Northern Michigan University in 2006 and her master’s degree in criminology from Northern Illinois University in 2011.

“My background has been in probation,” she said. “I started here working for Delta County Probate Court right out of college from Northern and I worked there for about a year for Judge Goebel and then I received a position as an adult probation officer in DeKalb County, Ill.”

She later was promoted to supervisor of the adult probation and special programs with Kendall County, Ill., and worked there for approximately four to five years before moving back to Delta County.

The county’s building and zoning department also has a new face in their office. Dan Menacher took over June 1 as the building and zoning administrator, following the retirement of former administrator Tim Callahan.

“I’m the building inspector, which I enforce the state building code throughout the county and then I’m also the zoning administrator where I enforce the county zoning,” he said.

Menacher has a background working in the trades, including 28 years of working in carpentry. He has experience as a registered building inspector, licensed residential builder and contractor, and has worked for the Menominee County Building Code Department.

“I worked in Menominee County for three years so I’m familiar with what goes on here and it’s working out really well for me and I think everybody around me,” he said. “I’ve been in this trade my whole life. I’ve got 28 years of working in carpentry, so it’s just passing that knowledge that I’ve picked up along the way that’s probably the best thing.”