THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LANSING, Mich. — A Jackson County judge has been hired to oversee the Michigan court system.

Chad Schmucker is the new state court administrator after 20 years as a judge. Robert Young Jr., chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, says he’s highly respected and an innovator in technology and how courts operate.

The state court administrator oversees the operations of Michigan’s trial court system. Schmucker was made a judge in 1991 by Gov. John Engler and was Jackson County’s chief judge for 10 of his 20 years on the bench.

Schmucker is succeeding Carl Gromek, who is retired as state court administrator.