Commission elects officers for 2021-2022, including first African American female as chair

DETROIT, MI,  January 12, 2021 - The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission held its biennial election of officers on Monday, January 11.

The Commission is pleased to announce that for the first time since it was created in 1969, it elected an African American woman to chair the Commission. Hon. Karen Fort Hood, who sits on the Michigan Court of Appeals, was elected chairperson.

Hon. Jon Hulsing, who sits on the Ottawa County Circuit Court, was elected vice-chairperson. James Burdick, Esq. was elected secretary. The officers serve for a two year term. 

Judge Harold Hood was the first, and the only other, African American chosen to chair the Commission. Judge Hood served as chairperson from 1988-1990. Judge Karen Fort Hood and Judge Harold Hood are not related to each other.