LANSING — Two counties in the western Upper Peninsula will have a new judge sitting on their benches.
Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Michael Pope of Ironwood to the Thirty–second Circuit Court in Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties. Pope has been in private practice for over 20 years, and he also teaches criminal law at Gogebic Community College.
The Governor mentioned Pope’s love for his community in the appointment announcement.
“I bring with me obvious support and love for the community,” Pope said. “I hope to continue what Judge Gotham has established as far as the integrity of the position and perpetuate the fair play of justice that people have been accustomed to receiving in Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties.”
Pope is filling the vacancy left by the resignation of Judge Roy D. Gotham. He will need to seek election in November for the remainder of the term. Popes says he plans on running for that position later this year, which is a four–year term.