Stamas applauds appointment of Ed Black as next circuit court judge in Alpena County

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Friday applauded Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointment of Alpena County Prosecuting Attorney Ed Black to the 26th Circuit Court. Black fills the seat vacated when Judge Michael Mack retired in January.

“Ed Black is a man of integrity who is committed to the law and the community. He is an excellent choice, and I congratulate him on his new endeavor serving the people of northern Michigan on the 26th Circuit Court,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Ed was elected three times by the people of Alpena County as their prosecutor, and he will continue to stand strong for them as a judge.”

According to the governor’s announcement, Black’s appointment is for a partial term that expires at noon on Jan. 1, 2021. If Black wishes to seek a full six-year term, he will be required to run for reelection in November 2020.

In addition to being the prosecuting attorney for Alpena County, Black is a JAG officer with the U. S. Army Reserve and a member of the Rotary Club of Alpena. He sits on the advisory board for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeast Michigan and the Alpena County Prevention Policy Board.

Black earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Michigan State University College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Denison University. He lives in Alpena with his wife, Meaghan, and their three children, Cooper, Andrew and Emily.