MARQUETTE - Marquette County Probate Court Judge Michael Anderegg - Marquette County's longest serving probate judge - announced Monday he will not seek another term in office.
Anderegg's current six-year term expires Dec. 31. He has held the position since Jan. 1, 1977 and has been re-elected five times, running without opposition.
Anderegg said he expects to remain involved with juvenile court issues during his retirement, along with devoting time to his family and recreational activities.
"My work has been an engaging and important part of my life," he said in a prepared statement. "I don't expect I'll just walk away from it completely."
Anderegg is a past president of the Michigan Probate Judge's Association and current president of the Upper Peninsula Probate Judges Association. In 2004, he received the President's Award for Meritorious Service to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
He said his work - which primarily involves juveniles who are abused, neglected or delinquent - has been challenging, but rewarding.
"It has been a privilege to serve the people of Marquette County," Anderegg said. "I have been fortunate to have worked with many talented and dedicated judges, agency representatives and community volunteers over the years."
Anderegg said his staff has been exceptional.
"As a result of their efforts we have been able to develop innovative, cost-effective programs and Marquette County has consistently been recognized for excellence in juvenile and probate court programming," Anderegg said.
Anderegg's retirement will not result in a loss of a judgeship for Marquette County. Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed a bill into law which will eventually reduce the number of the county's judges from five to four.
Marquette County currently has two district court judges, two circuit court judges and Anderegg, the probate court judge. The new law will reduce the judgeships by attrition. The county will reduce its number of circuit court judges when either judges Thomas Solka or Jennifer Mazzuchi retire or are no longer eligible to run for office because of age restrictions.
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.