By Jim Bloch
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has filled two empty judgeships, one of them in St. Clair County.
The governor appointed Mona S. Armstrong to fill the seat left empty on the 72nd District Court when Cynthia Platzer retired in December.
Armstrong is the senior assistant prosecuting attorney in the St. Clair County Prosecutor’s Office, a position she has held since 2001.
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“I am humbled and honored to receive this appointment to serve as a judge of the 72nd District Court,” Armstrong said in a statement. “Throughout my career, I have remained committed to the pursuit of justice in St. Clair County, to improving our community, and to helping families. I am eager to continue that commitment to public service in this incredibly important position in the District Court. I pledge to administrate the principles of justice fairly, with uncompromising integrity, and to serve in a manner consistent with the trust placed in me.”
Armstrong served as an adjunct faculty member of St. Clair County Community College, 1996-2001 and was the research attorney for the 31st Circuit Court, 1994-1995.
Armstrong is a 17-year member of the Violence Against Women Project Advisory Board – Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. She’s a member of the Michigan Bar Association and the National College of District Attorneys.
Armstrong earned her B.A. at Michigan State University and her J.D. at Wayne State University.
She, husband Todd and their two children reside in Fort Gratiot Township.
Her appointment officially begins on March 13 and continues through noon, Jan. 1, 2021, when Platzer’s six-year term would have ended.
According to news reports, Armstrong will seek election to the judgeship in this November’s general election.
Armstrong has been active in the Port Huron community, serving as the vice-chair of the Port Huron Hospital Board of Trustees; a board member of the Bluewater YMCA, St. Clair County RESA Virtual Learning Academy, March of Dimes, Port Huron Division, both since 2009; an Emerald Circle Member of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County; a member of St. Clair County Child Abuse and Neglect Council; a member of the St. Clair County Bar Association; and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Port Huron.
Whitmer also appointed Mark W. Latchana to the 7th Circuit Court of Genesee County. A 67th District Court Judge in Genesee, Latchana’s appointment also runs through noon, Jan. 1, 2021. He is filling the seat left empty when Judge Richard B. Yuille stepped down.
“We want every person who interacts with the judicial system to know that they will get a fair shot by an experienced and respected judge,” Whitmer said in a statement. “Mark and Mona are well-known, well-respected professionals who will ensure that their courtrooms meet this standard of excellence.”