Larry McCallum recently announced that after 43 years of service to the Town of Addison he was ready to retire. Since 1990 Mr. McCallum has served as the Town of Addison’s Prosecutor in Municipal Courts, but his service to the community dates back to 1973 when he was hired to serve as the Town’s first full-time City Attorney.
Mr. McCallum grew up on a farm at the corner of Preston and Arapaho and attended the Addison School, formerly housed in what is now the Magic Time Machine. “I can remember when all there was around here was cotton fields, there were very few houses and absolutely no development” said Mr. McCallum. Things have definitely changed since then and Mr. McCallum has played a defining role in Addison’s growth. During Mr. McCallum’s stint as Addison’s City Attorney, he was integral in the adoption of the city charter, the purchase of Addison Airport and the election to bring Dallas Area Rapid Transit to Addison. It was also during this same time that the community voted to allow liquor served by the drink in Addison restaurants.
As the Town began to develop, so too did Mr. McCallum’s civic involvement. He saw a need for the growing business community to speak with one voice so he cofound the Addison Business Association and even wrote the organization’s incorporation documents. For more than 20 years, Mr. McCallum served as the organization’s secretary, running the ABA carnival at Taste Addison and Oktoberfest and helping coordinate an annual Addison employee picnic. He was also active with the WaterTower Theater, serving on its board of directors for many years, among other activities.
“I’m really going to miss the people in Addison,” remarked Mr. McCallum. “The employees are all fantastic and I plan to keep my ties with the court.”
The City Council, staff and friends recognized Mr. McCallum’s contributions at the April 26 Council Meeting with a standing ovation. Mayor Todd Meier presented McCallum with a token of appreciation from the Council and shared, “You’ve represented the Town in almost every possible legal capacity imaginable and have done it well. We appreciate all you have given to the community.”
Mr. McCallum is a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He attended law school at Southern Methodist University and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1969.
McCallum’s last day in Addison’s Municipal Court is May 5.