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My Town: Judge Redford leaving 17th Circuit Court
My Town: Judge Redford leaving 17th Circuit Court

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The search is on for a new judge to preside over Michigan’s 17th Circuit Court in Kent County.

Chief Judge Robert Redford is leaving his post to become the chief legal counsel for the governor’s executive office.  Governor Snyder chose Redford to replace Judge Mike Gadola, who was recently appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals. 

Snyder also named Rep. John Walsh his director of strategy.

“It’s essential to have such talented individuals who have a passion for helping the people of our state and the vision and expertise to craft policy and build relationships that will help us accelerate our state’s dramatic comeback and work to keep moving Michigan forward,” Snyder said. “I know I’ve found the right people in Rep. Walsh and Judge Redford.”

“I am deeply humbled and honored by this opportunity to serve the people of the State of Michigan and our Governor in this new position,” Redford said in a statement released Dec. 30.

Redford has served as Kent County Circuit Court judge since 2003.  The East Grand Rapids native also worked for the U.S. Navy for nearly three decades as part of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps; for five of those years, he was a military trial judge.  Redford’s background also includes eight years as a federal prosecutor in the Western District of Michigan before joining Plunkett & Cooney PC.

Redford will begin his new position Jan. 14, 2015.  Governor Snyder will appoint his replacement.