Judge Jack Griesbaum To Be Honored With Space Coast Public Service Lifetime Achievement Award
By Space Coast Daily // August 18, 2017
devoted his life to public service
EDITOR’S NOTE: In every community there are great men and women who have, by their strength of will and character, become ingrained in the consciousness of our society. They are doers who have made a stand and a commitment for the common good. They are labeled as public servants, but they are truly our natural leaders whose legacies are the milestones of our progress.
Throughout the next 30 days, Space Coast Daily is honored to highlight the 2017 Space Coast Public Service Awards honorees, starting with the Lifetime Achievement category.
Below, we present Judge John “Jack” Griesbaum, who has devoted his life to public service. In 1982, Judge Griesbaum moved to Brevard County and began his law career and moved from the Public Defender’s Office to the State Attorney’s Office in 1985, attaining the position of Division Chief. In 2001, he was appointed to the 18th Judicial Circuit as a Circuit Court Judge by Governor Jeb Bush, where he remained until his retirement in 2015.
The second annual Space Coast Public Service Awards & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held Saturday, September 23, inside the Maxwell C. King Center For the Performing Arts. Seating is now available so don’t delay in making your reservations.
Call 321-242-2219 or log on to KingCenter.com for tickets.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Judge John “Jack” Griesbaum has devoted his life to public service.
He began his career in the service of our country as a member of the United States Navy’s Nuclear Polaris Submarine Program.
He was a member of the crew that commissioned the USS Francis Scott Key in 1966 and remained in the military as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard until his retirement as a reserve in 1986.
After completing his tour of active duty in the Navy in 1970, he entered the University of Texas and continued his studies at St. Mary’s University where he obtained his Law Degree.
His first stop was at a law firm in San Antonio, but the yearning to serve led him to become an Assistant Legal Officer in the U. S. Coast Guard.
In 1982, Judge Griesbaum moved to Brevard County and began his law career as an Assistant Public Defender in the 18th Judicial Circuit. He would remain a fixture in the courts of Brevard for over 30 years.
Judge Griesbaum moved from the Public Defender’s Office to the State Attorney’s Office in 1985 attaining the position of Division Chief.
In 2001, he was appointed to the 18th Judicial Circuit as a Circuit Court Judge by Governor Jeb Bush, where he remained until his retirement in 2015.
It was during this time that he was instrumental in the formation of the juvenile dependency drug court. He has been recognized by many of the partner agencies in Brevard County for his support and advocacy of abused, neglected and abandoned children.
A few of his many notable accomplishments include the 2001 Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency – Judicial, Distinguished Service Award, the 2005 Public Citizen of the Year Award, the 2007 Dependency Summit for Florida’s Child Protection Communities 18th Judicial Circuit Leadership Award, the 2008 Friend of Children Designation Award for Advocacy and Leadership of Adoptions, the 2015 Brevard County Sheriff’s Office – Recognition of Leadership and the 2015 Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency – Judicial, Distinguished Service Award.
His dedication to service extends to the community, as he has served as a member of the Titusville Rotary Club since 1986; holding positions of Sergeant-of-Arms, President and Governor’s Representative.
A champion for those less fortunate, he has been a member of the Indigent Services Committee, Brevard County Children Services Council, Brevard County Public Schools, Academy of Law and Public Service Committee, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Life University.
A well respected jurist, Judge Griesbaum has appeared before the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, the U.S. Middle District Court of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals in the 5th and 11th Districts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the bar in Florida, Texas and Connecticut.
Seating for the 2017 Space Coast Public Service Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, is now available so don’t delay in making your reservations. Call 321-242-2219 or log on to KingCenter.com for tickets.
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