Osceola County court staff sends off Judge Grant on last day in office

REED CITY — Friends, co-workers and community members gathered Monday to give their well wishes to Judge Susan Grant on her final day presiding over Osceola County’s 77th District Court.

Having served 18 years on the bench, Grant chose to retire this year after three terms in office in Mecosta and Osceola counties. To send her off, the Osceola County district court staff threw Grant a small, informal open house with cake, punch and snacks.

Attendees dropped off cards, reminisced on Grant’s career and chatted about her plans in retirement.

“She’s the only judge I’ve ever worked with, so I don’t know what to expect,” said Dan Clise, magistrate of Osceola County’s 77th District Court. “She will definitely be missed.”

Grant’s support for various local organization and causes is a characteristic she is well known and admired for, said Kaye Frederick, Osceola County’s Family Court administrator.

“She has been very involved in the community and I believe that is her greatest asset,” Frederick said. “Of course, I’m sure she will continue to be involved, so we can look forward to still seeing her around.”

As her time as judge winds down, Grant has felt many emotions, but most of them are positive.

“It’s kind of a mixture of things, but truly, I’m happy with my decision,” she said. “I’ve had a good, long career, which I’ve enjoyed. It’s nice to be able to choose to retire.”

Immediate plans for Grant include spending the winter in Florida with her husband, Donald. The two also plan to take a European riverboat cruise this summer.

Aside from those plans, Grant said she will play it by ear when deciding what the future holds for her.

“I’m looking forward to having time to relax,” Grant said. “And I’ve always said throughout my life, I’ve felt lead to where I’m supposed to go and that’s how I ended up in Big Rapids. I think something will come along and it will be obvious that it’s what my next role will be.”

While her typical daily duties are all wrapped up, Grant’s last order of business will be today when she swears in her successor, Peter Jaklevic, and new Mecosta and Osceola County 49th Circuit Court Judge Kimberly Booher. The two will first be sworn-in at 9 a.m. in Big Rapids, and then at 11 a.m. in Reed City by Grant.

Serving Mecosta and Osceola counties has been an honor, Grant said.

“These are wonderful communities to live and work,” she said. “It’s really been a privilege to have this great job that I’ve loved.”