DEARBORN – The 19th District Court has announced the appointment of Gene Hunt as chief judge, a position in which he serves on Wayne County’s second largest district court, effective January 1.
The chief judge serves as the presiding officer of the court and also has “administrative superintending power and control over the judges of the court and all court personnel,” according to a court press release.
Hunt’s responsibilities will include caseload management and disposition of judicial workloads, supervision of all court personnel, finances and other critical functions.
Hunt was originally elected to the Dearborn Court on November 8, 2016. A Marine Corp veteran, he established the 19th District Court’s Veteran’s Treatment Court. He also serves as the presiding judge and provides leadership to the treatment court team while playing an integral role in guiding participants through the program.
Hunt is also well known for his civic involvement. He grew up in Dearborn and attended Henry Ford Community College and the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He graduated from Wayne State Law School in 1985 while spending his entire legal career in Dearborn.
He is a member of the Dearborn Exchange Club, the Optimist Club, American Legion, Marine Corp League and the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council.
“I take seriously the faith the Michigan Supreme Court has placed in me by their appointment,” Hunt said. “It’s an honor to serve the city that I was raised in. In this new position I will oversee the services provided by our Court and I remain committed to helping people navigate the court system. I thank Judge Salamey for his years of service as chief judge and will work with him, Judge Somers and Court administration to continue to provide the quality services customary at the 19th District Court.”