Judges

Honorable Anthony A Monton - Chief Judge
Circuit Court

Elected Circuit Court Judge – 1988
Re-elected in 1994 and 2000

Education
University of Notre Dame, J.D. (1976)
Michigan State University, B.A. (1973)

Legal Experience
Oceana County Prosecuting Attorney (1981-1988)
Private Practice, Urick and Monton Law Firm (1976-1988)
Honorable Graydon W Dimkoff
Circuit Court ~ Probate Court

Judge Graydon W. Dimkoff was appointed Chief Judge of the Newaygo County Probate Court by Governor John Engler and took the bench on April 1st, 1998. Judge Dimkoff graduated from the University of Michigan in 1969 and Wayne State University Law School in 1972. Judge Dimkoff served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corp as a U.S. Army attorney from 1973 to 1976, and retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves, as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1993.

He opened his law office in Newaygo County in 1976 and practiced general law until his appointment to the bench. 

Judge Dimkoff also serves as a judge in the Family Court Division of the 27thCircuit Court, handling many different types of cases in what is commonly referred to as "Family Court."  Judge Dimkoff is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Newaygo County Bar Association, U.S. District Court – Western District  of Michigan and U.S. District Court – Western District of Louisiana. He was a former member of the Fremont Downtown  Development Authority, Fremont Public Schools Board of Education, Fremont Rotary Club, and Michigan Board of Foresters, among other civic and charitable endeavors.
Honorable H Kevin Drake
District Court

Judge H. Kevin Drake was appointed the 78th District Court Judge by Governor John Engler in 1995.  In addition to Newaygo County, he has also served as Judge in Lake County and is currently District Court Judge in Oceana County.  Judge Drake is assigned to serve in all the county courts on an as needed basis.   Prior to the Governor’s appointment, he served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Newaygo County from 1981 to 1982 and served as the County Prosecuting Attorney from 1982 to 1995.  Judge Drake is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, as well as other law related organizations.  He is also a member of the White Cloud Rotary.