Governor Snyder appoints judge to 60th District Court

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced the appointment of Raymond J. Kostrzewa Jr. to the 60th District Court in Muskegon County.

"Raymond Kostrzewa has demonstrated himself to be a well-prepared, fair, and hard-working attorney through many years of trial court experience," Snyder said. "I am confident that these attributes, which have earned him great respect in the Muskegon legal community, will allow him to be an effective judge."

Kostrzewa has more than 20 years of legal experience in both private practice and public service. As a chief trial attorney in the Muskegon County prosecutor's office, he handles major felony trials and oversees assistant prosecutors. He served Muskegon County as senior assistant prosecutor for 10 years. Kostrzewa also practiced law at Kitch, Saurbier, Drutchas, Wagner, & Kenney in Detroit. He sits on the advisory board of the Muskegon Salvation Army and the Capital Campaign board of directors for the United Way of the Lakeshore.

Kostrzewa earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Kostrzewa fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Michael Nolan. He must seek election in November 2016 to complete the current term and will then need to run for a full term in 2018.

Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014