Jarod M. Calkins has officially resigned as judge and more than a dozen applications to fill his position have been submitted to the governor’s office already. Calkins, who is charged with five counts of prostitution, was suspended from the bench after his arrest in March. He was paid through Friday, which was the end of a pay period.
Jarod M Calkins Resigns After Charged With 5 Counts Prostitution New Judge to be Named to District Court Bench
Jarod M. Calkins was elected a district judge in 2014 but was removed after his arrest in March.
A new First District Court judge will be appointed to the bench soon.
Jarod M. Calkins has officially resigned as judge and more than a dozen applications to fill his position have been submitted to the governor’s office already.
Calkins, who is charged with five counts of prostitution, was suspended from the bench after his arrest in March. He was paid through Friday, which was the end of a pay period.
His official resignation follows an April 19 letter addressed to Gov. Rick Snyder which reportedly announced his “intent” to resign June 1. Copies also were to have been sent to the Michigan Supreme Court administrator and fellow District Judges Jack Vitale and Terrence P. Bronson.
The governor’s office treated the letter as a formal resignation despite its imprecise wording, state officials said.
Calkins’ resignation also previously was announced before visiting Judge Archie C. Brown of Washtenaw County during his arraignment April 27 in 38th Circuit Court.
Snyder’s office posted the open position shortly after the arraignment because the governor is responsible for appointing Calkins’ replacement.
Officials said the office began receiving applications for the position in early May. The deadline to apply was May 21, but the officials would not disclose the names of the applicants.
It is believed about 15 mostly local attorneys have applied.
Applications will be reviewed by a State Bar of Michigan committee. It will interview applicants in order to make recommendations to the governor.
After Snyder receives the committee’s recommendations, he may appoint a new judge or choose to conduct further interviews before making a decision.
“Our goal is to move as quickly as possible, but no official deadline (for selection) is established,” said Ari Adler, director of communications for the governor’s office.
The State Bar committee is scheduled to meet June 12, but it has not been determined if the committee will begin to review applications.
Once appointed, the new judge will serve the remainder of Calkins’ six-year term, which ends in 2020.
Calkins, 41, of Carleton was elected to the bench in 2014.
He was arrested and placed on administrative leave after accusations of paying at least four women to have sex with him at area hotels and his home. Some of the incidents were described as violent.
He was charged with five counts of prostitution, including one felony charge for transporting a person into, through or across state lines for the purpose of prostitution.
Rotations of visiting judges, as well as the two seated district judges, have been covering Calkins’ caseload.
Calkins is scheduled for a pretrial hearing at 1 p.m. June 20 in Ann Arbor.