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Office of the Governor


Cabinet and Executive Office

Governor Whitmer is committed to a Cabinet and Executive Office that is representative of Michigan. That commitment applies as well to the Governor’s appointments to various boards and commissions that serve the state. The Appointments Division is responsible for seeking qualified candidates to fulfill these responsibilities. If you are interested in serving on a board or commission, please complete the electronic application. As we fill upcoming vacancies we will give full consideration to all applicants.

Boards and Commissions

The Appointments Office works closely with all branches of government to make sure that the Boards and Commissions website is accurate and up to date. With more than 200 different panels, we work closely with all departments to provide current data on membership and responsibility of the organizations.

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Judicial Applications

Michigan's constitution requires Governor Whitmer to fill vacancies in judicial office by appointment. If you meet the legal qualifications to serve as a judge and are interested in an appointment to a judicial office, please follow the link below to obtain a judicial appointment questionnaire. You must submit a complete packet, including the judicial appointment questionnaire and other required attachments, using the application portal below by the deadline displayed in the News & Events section of the State Bar of Michigan's website to be considered. Candidates who merit consideration will be interviewed and rated by the State Bar's Judicial Qualifications Committee, which will conduct a thorough background check of the applicant's fitness to serve as a judge. Certain candidates may then be selected for further consideration by the Governor's Office before the Governor makes an appointment.

Click here to access the Judicial Questionnaire Packet

Judicial Application Portal: Submit Application and Supplemental Documents


Judicial Vacancy – 63rd District Court, Kent County

Court: 63rd District Court, Kent County

Vacating Judge: Hon. Sara Smolenski

Deadline: Applications must be submitted electronically and received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24th, 2024.

To be considered for these positions, you must be a State Bar of Michigan member who meets the legal qualifications for this office. Please be aware that to be appointed you must reside within the judicial district.

Judicial appointment questionnaire, writing samples, resume, and supplemental documents must be submitted using the online portal at and received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24th, 2024.

Additional letters of recommendation can still be submitted after your initial submission to

If you have any questions about the judicial appointments process, please send your questions to