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Snyder appoints Kent County judge

May 13, 2015
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County buildings valued at nearly a half-billion
The Kent County Courthouse is a landmark in downtown Grand Rapids. Photo by Johnny Quirin

Governor Rick Snyder announced today the appointment of a new judge to the 17th Circuit Court in Kent County.

George “Jay” Quist of Grand Rapids will transition from the Kent County Family Court to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of James Redford, who now serves as legal counsel to Snyder.

The position is up for re-election in 2016, and Quist is expected to run for a full six-year term.

Snyder noted in his more than three years serving on the family court bench, Quist has “distinguished himself as a hard working and thoughtful jurist capable of efficiently managing a busy docket, while paying careful attention to what the law requires.”

Snyder said he expects Quist will “continue to serve the people of Kent County well as he transitions into his new role.”

Quist background

Quist began his legal career as a civil litigator with the Grand Rapids law firm Kluczynski, Girtz & Vogelzang and then joined the firm of Roberts Betz & Bloss.

He was appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates in 1999 and then served as chief magistrate, beginning in 2011.

Quist served as director of employment services for the Michigan Administrative Hearing System in the state’s Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs.

He was appointed to Kent County Family Court in 2012, where he has “instituted continual changes in the courtroom for efficiency and fairness.”

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Hope College and a law degree from George Washington University.

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