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U.S. marshal for eastern Michigan retires after 16 years

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. marshal for eastern Michigan has retired after 16 years in the law enforcement post.

Robert Grubbs informed federal court officials that he was stepping down from the Detroit-based post. The U.S. Marshals Service confirmed the retirement Tuesday.

The job of marshal requires nomination by the president and confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Grubbs worked at the state police and was head of Gov. John Engler’s security team when he was picked by President George W. Bush in 2002.

He continued to serve through the Obama administration and 18 months of the Trump administration.

Grubbs was in charge of security at the five federal courthouses in the eastern Michigan and responsible for other law enforcement duties, including prisoner transport, witness protection and searches for fugitives.


Michigan Municipal League names Johnson new general counsel

The Michigan Municipal League has selected long-time municipal attorney and former Northville Mayor Christopher J. Johnson as the organization’s new general counsel.

As general counsel, Johnson will provide legal advice to the League’s executive director and board of trustees, and oversight of legal programs and staff. Johnson also will play an integral role in the ongoing development, implementation and evolution of the League’s overarching mission. He succeeds William Mathewson, who retired from the League as general counsel this summer after serving the organization in a variety of roles for more than 40 years.

“We are extremely pleased to have Chris join the League as our general counsel,” said Dan Gilmartin, League CEO and executive director. “Chris’s vast experience in municipal law as well as having served as a mayor made him an ideal choice for the League and for our membership.”

Johnson comes to the League from the law firm of Johnson, Rosati, Schultz & Joppich, P.C., where he was a founding partner. For more than 30 years, Johnson has been active in the defense of municipalities in civil litigation throughout the state of Michigan. He maintains specialties in the fields of municipal law, school law, legislation, liability and insurance defense. He is admitted to all state and federal courts in the state of Michigan as well as the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and has served as a member of the State of Michigan’s Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Commission from 2001-2007. He has been an active member of several League legislative committees for years. In addition, he has served as general counsel in a number of non-profit capacities in Michigan.

In addition, Johnson is a seasoned presenter and a graduate of Michigan State University, College of Law and the University of Michigan.

He served as the mayor of Northville from 1987 to 2015 and was awarded the Citizen of the Year by Northville Chamber of Commerce (2015). He served on the Northville Board of Education from 1976 to 1987. In 2010, he was named Top Lawyer by Hour Magazine and DBusiness, Southeast Michigan’s Journal for Business.