Hoopes named chief of Muskegon district court

The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed Judge Maria Ladas Hoopes as chief judge of the 60th District Court (Muskegon).

The appointment is effective immediately and expires on Dec. 31, 2013.

She replaces Judge Harold Closz, who earlier this year named her chief judge pro tem and tendered his resignation as chief judge to the MSC.

Hoopes is a 1992 graduate of the University of Iowa School of Law and was appointed to the 60th District Court bench in 2006.