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Snyder appoints Jeffery Sauter to 56th Circuit Court

Thursday, May 9, 2013

LANSING, Mich. - Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffery Sauter has been appointed as a 56th Circuit Court judge by Gov. Rick Snyder. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Calvin Osterhaven.

"Jeff Sauter has been a model prosecutor in Eaton County for more than 20 years and I am confident he will continue his exemplary service as judge," Snyder said.


Sauter, of Charlotte, has served in his current role since 1991. He previously served as the chief assistant prosecuting attorney and assistant prosecuting attorney. Sauter also spent time as an attorney in private practice with the Lansing-based law firm of Hubbard, Fox, Thomas, White and Bengston, and at Kenneth L. Swarthout P.C. in Charlotte. He is active in a number of professional organizations, including the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Board, to which he was appointed in 2012. He also served on the board of directors and is past president of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, and is a former member of the Criminal Justice Information Systems Policy Council.


Sauter received a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and a degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. 


Sauter will serve the remainder of Osterhaven's term through Jan. 1, 2015. He will need to seek election for a full six-year term in November 2014.