MARQUETTE - Long-time Marquette County Juvenile Court Referee George Hyde has announced his bid for Marquette County Probate Court Judge.
Hyde has served as the referee, a judicial officer position, since being appointed by Judge Michael Anderegg in 2001.
In 11 years as the Referee, Hyde has presided over nearly 5,000 hearings involving juvenile delinquency and child protective proceedings, making the same decisions as a judge. Although all referee decisions may be challenged, none of Hyde's decisions have been challenged or appealed.
Hyde, 43, is a lifelong resident of the Upper Peninsula. He graduated from L'Anse High School in 1986, and Northern Michigan University in 1990. He is a 1994 Cum Laude graduate of the Thomas Cooley Law School.
Hyde has practiced law in Marquette County for 17 years, since 2003 with his firm Hyde & Swajanen, P.C. He represents individuals in various matters, a majority of which involve families and children.
Hyde is also a veteran combat engineer of the Michigan Army National Guard, and was honorably discharged in 1992.
He serves as a board member for the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, the John D. Voelker Foundation and the Northern Michigan University Blue Line Club. He has been named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation and has taught at the NMU Police Academy.
"For over 11 years as the Juvenile Court referee, I have been making important and difficult decisions from the Probate Court bench," Hyde said. "I would be honored to continue to do so as Marquette County's next Probate Judge."
Hyde lives in Marquette with his 5-year-old daughter Allison.