GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – Michigan’s longest-serving district court judge, Judge Steven Servaas of Kent County, has announced that he won’t run for re-election.
Servaas has been on the bench for 42 years, and will turn 69 in April.
He told 24 Hour News 8 that he wants retire to spend more time with family.
In addition to presiding over a number of high-profile cases over the years, Servaas made headlines when he fought the move of the Rockford District Court to Knapp’s Corner in Grand Rapids Township.
He also received attention when he was accused of making dirty drawings on court files. That landed him in hot water with the judicial tenure commission, which tried to get him to resign, and unsuccessfully called for his suspension.