Joseph Fahey
Joseph Fahey ()

Former Onondaga County Court Judge Joseph Fahey will come out of retirement to become Syracuse’s new corporation counsel beginning Jan. 1.

Mayor Stephanie Miner said Fahey has agreed to head the city’s Department of Law in 2017, Miner’s last year in office. The two-term Democratic mayor is being forced by a local term limits law to step down at the end of next year.

Fahey, 67, was county court judge from 1996 to 2015. He was one of a handful of judges statewide designated by the Office of Court Administration to hear the cases of sexual offenders whom the state sought to have confined in mental health facilities because they were at high risk of committing new sex crimes if released into the community (NYLJ, April 14).

Fahey will succeed Robert Stamey as corporation counsel. Stamey will become city director of personnel starting Jan. 1.

Fahey will make $99,000 a year as corporation counsel, city officials said.