Washtenaw County 22nd Circuit Court Judge Donald E. Shelton Announces Plans to Retire from the Bench in September of 2014

On April 10th, 2014, Washtenaw County 22nd Circuit Court Judge Donald E. Shelton announced that he intends to retire from the bench and that he will serve in a new position as Director of the Criminal Justice Program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  

"The appointment is effective in the fall semester and Shelton announced that he will retire from the bench effective September 1.  Shelton has been a Washtenaw County Trial Court judge for 24 years and was scheduled to leave the bench when his normal term expires on January 1, 2015."

"During his judicial tenure, Shelton has served as chief judge of the Trial Court from 2010-13 and is also the presiding judge of the Civil/Criminal and Juvenile divisions of the Trial Court. Born in Jackson, Judge Shelton earned his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University, a juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School, a master’s degree in criminology from Eastern Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in judicial studies from the University of Nevada. Shelton has been an adjunct criminology and political science professor at EMU since 1997, and an adjunct professor at Cooley Law School. He has written for and lectured at numerous academic and professional organizations throughout the U.S."

"A long-time resident of the Saline area, he has also been a member of the city’s planning commission, urban design commission, economic development corporation, and tax increment finance authority. Saline’s [']Shelton Industrial Park['] was named in recognition of his community efforts. In 2007, Shelton received the Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Servant Award presented by the State Bar of Michigan. In 1994, he was nominated as a candidate for the Michigan Supreme Court. In 1992 he received the [']Justice Blair Moody Judge of the Year['] Award."