Head of veterans agency appointed to appeals court


LANSING — A former Kent County judge has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Michigan appeals court.

Then-Gov. Rick Snyder appointed James Redford to the post last month.

Redford most recently served as director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

He joined the Snyder administration in 2015 as chief legal counsel after losing a 2014 race for the state Supreme Court.

Redford was a Kent County judge for more than a decade.

He's also a former federal prosecutor.

Snyder said Redford has had a "distinguished career as a public servant."

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