LANSING, MI, March 10, 2011 – Judge Chad C. Schmucker, a circuit judge in Jackson County, has been named State Court Administrator by the Michigan Supreme Court, Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. announced today. Schmucker will succeed Carl L. Gromek, who is retiring after serving as State Court Administrator since December 2004.
The State Court Administrative Office, which Schmucker will head, is the administrative arm of the Michigan Supreme Court. As State Court Administrator, he will oversee administration of the state’s 246 trial courts.
His responsibilities will include supervising SCAO’s four regional offices and all SCAO divisions, including Michigan Judicial Institute, Judicial Information Systems, Child Welfare Services, Office of Dispute Resolution, and Trial Court Services.
Schmucker, who served as chief judge of the Jackson County Circuit Court from 1996 to 2001 and 2004 to 2009, implemented the court’s family division and started the Jackson County SMILE (Start Making It Livable for Everyone) program for families undergoing divorce. He helped found the Jackson County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, which he chaired from 1996 to 2001. Since 2007, he has served as a judge of Jackson’s “Recovery Court,” a rehabilitative program for offenders with substance abuse problems; he also helped pioneer his court’s domestic violence, family dependency, and mental health court programs. As a member of the Jackson County New Jail Project, he led a successful effort to reduce jail overcrowding.
–Michigan Supreme Court