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After 35 Years, Judge Says It Is Time For Something New

A job is opening at the Hall of Justice. Grand Rapids District Court Judge Judge J. Michael Christensen is stepping down.

Christensen tells WOOD Radio says he's put in his time.

"35 years in the system. From city attorney to prosecutor to judge. The whole time has been an accumulation of 35 years."

Christensen graduated from Catholic Central High School and University of Michigan and received his law degree from University of North Dakota School of Law.

Christensen's tenure on the the bench began in 1991 when he was appointed judge by then-Gov. John Engler. He says the years passed quickly.

"It was a great career. I loved every second of it. I'll miss the challenges of the job but it is time to do something different."

Christensen says teaching could be in his future. Travel certainly will. Christensen's term is set to expire at the end of 2016. Any unserved portion will have to be filled by a judge to be appointed by the governor.

 

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