Supreme Judicial Court Announces Judicial Branch's Roy Rice Award for 2008

January 7, 2009

William Mackenzie, of Lewiston, is the recipient of the 2008 “Roy Rice Award,” for his outstanding contribution to the safety and well-being of the employees of the Judicial Branch and the public. Mr. MacKenzie received the award during a December 19 employee recognition program at the Judicial Center in Augusta. Members of the Supreme Judicial Court, Trial Court Chiefs, and court employees were in attendance for the presentation.

In making the presentation, State Court Administrator Ted Glessner explained that the Judicial Branch has only one position, the one filled by Bill MacKenzie, to oversee some 40 facilities around the state. Age, deterioration, and lack of funding have combined to take their toll on many of those buildings. It is Bill’s job to plan for work to be done and to oversee that corrective action takes place.

Chief Justice Saufley said, “In this time of severe budget constraints, Bill Mackenzie is often the only resource for a clerk and a courthouse when something goes awry with a facility. With short notice, Bill will travel anywhere in the state to address a mechanical or technical problem. Leaks, flooding, heat or lack of heat, indoor air quality, septic, and fire, are just a few of the problems that Bill has addressed.”

Bill’s tireless efforts have significantly contributed to the safety and efficiency of the courts in Maine.