St. Clair County Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Mona Armstrong became 72nd District Court Judge Mona Armstrong on Friday morning. She was sworn in by St. Clair County Chief Judge Pro-Tem John Monaghan. Tradition holds that judges host formal community-based investitures, but traditions have been set aside in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Judge Armstrong’s husband, Todd, was there for the scaled-back ceremony. Judge Monaghan said, “The timing was based upon the fact our Courts have been down two judges.” Monaghan said that he requested Judge Armstrong get to work right away, and also said, “Fortunately Mona and her long-time boss, Prosecutor Mike Wendling, agreed.”
Armstrong was appointed to the bench by Governor Whitmer. She is filling the seat that was vacated by the early retirement of Judge Cynthia Platzer after 17 years of holding the seat. The 72nd District Court judge position will be on the November ballot and Armstrong plans to run to keep the seat.