Judge v. judge: mediation works

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Two judges have agreed to a cease-fire in a dispute that reached the state Supreme Court.

Allegan County Judge Kevin Cronin can hire a law clerk and secretary. The only restriction is he can't hire Chris Anderson, a former court employee.

In February, Cronin asked the Michigan Supreme Court to intervene after Allegan County Chief Judge Margaret Zuzich Bakker blocked the hiring of Anderson, saying a pool of clerks would serve all judges.

The Supreme Court dismissed the case this week after Cronin and Bakker reached an agreement with assistance from a mediator.

They've also agreed to talk monthly — in the presence of an out-of-town judge.

Separately, Allegan County is being asked to pay roughly $12,000 in fees charged by Cronin's attorney, Doug Van Essen.

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