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Black appointed 26th Circuit Court Judge

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Alpena County Prosecutor Ed Black has been appointed Judge of the 26th Circuit Court of Alpena and Montmorency counties.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer made the appointment Friday. 

Black had been prosecutor since he won the seat during the November 2008 election.  He is originally from Ohio but began his legal career as a judge’s clerk for the Oakland County Circuit Court.  He has been a practicing attorney since 2002 and moved to the area in 2004 with his wife Meaghan and their three children.  Black started his career in Alpena as a law clerk for the 26th Circuit Court, and was also the part-time chief assistant prosecutor in Montmorency County.  He is also a JAG officer with the United States Army Reserve.

“I believe serving the people of Alpena County means not just hearing, but actually listening to each individual,” said Black.  “It means understanding that justice means different things to different people.  To be a good public servant you must care for the people you represent and genuinely want to do what is right, versus what is easy, and be willing to put in the time and effort to do just that.”

Black went on to say, “Obviously it is an honor to have this opportunity, but more so, this responsibility.  It does not happen without having a great team of co-workers and individuals throughout all of the agencies that I have gotten to work with for the past eleven years.   So to each of them, I would like to say thank you.”

Black replaces former Judge Michael Mack who retired January 3, after 11 years on the bench. 

Black’s appointment is for the remainder of Mack’s term which ends at noon on January 1, 2021.  Black is expected to run for a full six-year term during the November Presidential Election.