Governor appoints Probate Judge
ARENAC COUNTY — Standish attorney Richard Vollbach has been appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve as Arenac County Probate Judge, a position that has been vacant since May of this year.
“It will be a great honor serving the people of Arenac County on the bench, just as it has been my privilege representing the county at the Prosecutor's Office,” Vollbach said.
Vollbach, who lives in Standish with his wife Melanie and two children, Kaitlyn and Benjamin, said the appointment was made Dec. 21. He has practiced law for more than seventeen years and served as Assistant Prosecutor in Arenac County since 1997.
His education background includes a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University, and a Juris Doctorate from Detroit College of Law (Michigan State University Law School).
According to Vollbach, an important part of receiving the appointment was the endorsements he garnered along the way. Former Probate Judge Jack Scully, as well as Judges Ronald Bergeron, Allen Yenior, and William Myles all endorsed Vollbach.
The Arenac County Probate Judge position is paid $139,919 in county funds received from the state. He said he expects to be sworn in Dec. 23.