Canadian County Courthouse conference room named for retiring bailiff

Tammy Perando honored for 27 years of service

Canadian County judge’s bailiff Tammy Perando (center) is congratulated by Special Judge Barbara Hatfield and District Judge Jack McCurdy II for her upcoming retirement after 27 years of service at the Canadian County Courthouse. Canadian County Commissioners on Jan. 24 approved a proclamation naming the “Tammy Perando Conference Room B” in the judicial building, 301 N Choctaw. A retirement reception is set Friday at the courthouse. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

A longtime Canadian County judge’s bailiff is being recognized for her outstanding career by having a conference room named in her honor inside the county courthouse.

Tammy Perando will officially retire Jan. 31 after 27 years as a bailiff at the Canadian County Courthouse in El Reno.

Canadian County Commissioners have approved a proclamation naming the “Tammy Perando Conference Room B” in the county’s judicial building, 301 N Choctaw.

Perando, who serves as bailiff for Canadian County Special Judge Barbara Hatfield, said she is “deeply honored” by this recognition and had “never expected anything like this.”

The retiring bailiff said she “appreciates everyone” at the courthouse.

“We will really miss her,” Judge Hatfield said. “I won’t be able to find a replacement – it will have to be a successor.”

Perando began her career on Jan. 3, 1995, as bailiff for Judge Ken Dickerson. After Dickerson retired from the bench, Pernado was bailiff for Judge Robert Davis.

A retirement reception to honor Perando is set Friday, Jan. 28 at the Canadian County Courthouse.

This is the second time in recent years that a conference room at the Canadian County Courthouse has been named for a retiring bailiff.

Cherri Brandley was the first to earn this distinction after serving 31 years as a Canadian County bailiff, most recently for District Judge Jack McCurdy II.

There are four small conference rooms at the Canadian County Courthouse, Judge McCurdy pointed out.

“We still have two left,” McCurdy said. “We made it an ‘unwritten rule’ that you had to serve as least 25 years (at the courthouse) before you had a room named after you.”



Judge McCurdy read aloud the proclamation recognizing Perando during the Jan. 24th Canadian County Commissioners’ meeting

“We are here today to express our appreciation to Tammy Perando and to honor her for her distinguished 27-year career as a bailiff for the State of Oklahoma and the Canadian County judicial system,” said McCurdy, reading from the proclamation.

“During her 27 years in service to three different judges, she has exemplified an outstanding work ethic and been an excellent ambassador for Canadian County.”

The proclamation notes that Perando has “always been a strong supporter of the Canadian County court system and has served the county well.”

County commissioners expressed their sincere appreciation to the retiring bailiff for her loyalty over the past 27 years and her “unwavering” dedication and service to Canadian County.

“Congratulations Tammy on a long career,” Canadian County Commission Chairman Dave Anderson said.