13-year 61st District Court judge to retire

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)–  A Grand Rapids judge plans to retire after almost 13 years of service.

Judge Michael Christensen of the 61st District Court announced this week that he plans to retire.

Before becoming a judge, Christensen worked in the City of Grand Rapids City Attorney’s Office for nine years and then as an assistant Kent County prosecutor for four years.

Christensen was appointed as a judge in 1991and has been re-elected to serve through December 2016.

Christensen, 64, is expected to retire in September, but no specific date has yet been set. Gov. Rick Snyder will have to appoint his replacement.

Fellow 61st District Judge Benjamin Logan is still off due to medical reasons and has given no return date.

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