Snyder appoints judge to 61st District Court
Governor Rick Snyder has appointed a new judge to the 61st District Court in Grand Rapids.
Snyder said yesterday that Christina Elmore will serve in the position.
“Christina Elmore has broad and extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, positioning her well for a smooth transition to the bench,” Snyder said.
Elmore fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Donald Passenger.
Passenger’s term concludes this year, which means Elmore will have to run for election in 2016 to win a full six-year term.
Elmore is a former judge advocate general for the U.S. Air Force and currently serves in solo practice, handling misdemeanors, felonies, family law, criminal cases and other civil matters.
She has more than 20 years of district court experience.
Following her years with the Air Force, Elmore joined the Kent County Prosecuting Attorney’s office as an assistant and in 2005, was appointed as an assistant attorney general, prosecuting individuals for failing to pay child support.
She has also taught military law as an adjunct professor at Cooley Law School.
Elmore earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Tulane Law School.