REED CITY \u2014 Many folks were quick to point out Marco Menezes still had a couple days to change his mind. However, the retiring probate judge for Mecosta and Osceola counties laughed off the fact during his retirement luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the 77th District Court in Osceola County. After serving six-and-a-half years on the bench, Menezes told those in attendance it was a great honor for him to serve the people of the two counties. \u201cYou can\u2019t have a better job than being a judge in the two counties,\u201d he said. However, it will not be any specific case that Menezes will remember the most. \u201cI\u2019ve enjoyed being the judge,\u201d he said. \u201cNot the work so much, but the people associated with it. The people you get to meet, the attorneys and the staff of both counties have been great. \u201cMy successor will be hard pressed to be able to find a better crew to work with than what I have had.\u201d During the luncheon, Bruce Kilmer, regional administrator for the Supreme Court State Court Administrative Office, praised Menezes for his work not only in the courtroom but also in the community. \u201cI\u2019m really glad I was able to work with you,\u201d Kilmer said, as he presented a plaque to Menezes. \u201cIt\u2019s been too short. You\u2019ve shown in the short time on the bench everything we want to see in a judge; someone not solely focused on being a judge. \u201cHe\u2019s intelligent and has a great legal mind,\u201d Kilmer said, addressing those in attendance. \u201cHowever, that isn\u2019t all he is, that\u2019s not his whole identity. He\u2019s had a great ability in the work he has done and how he has conducted himself in Osceola and Mecosta counties.\u201d State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, presented a proclamation to Menezes for his work on the bench, signed by himself, Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, and Gov. Rick Snyder. \u201cIt\u2019s a real privilege to be here today to give special tribute to honor Marco Menezes,\u201d Booher said. \u201cIt\u2019s a real honor to be able to present this to Marco. While serving both Mecosta and Osceola counties, he has been an active member of the community, and that makes a difference.\u201d Menezes, who arrived in Hersey in 1975, told the folks he didn\u2019t always see himself as a judge. \u201cI wasn\u2019t sure if I wanted to go to law school,\u201d he said. \u201cIt was a different time then.\u201d Menezes joked he may not be accepted as a native of Osceola County, but it has become home to him. \u201cI\u2019ve found that the people I\u2019ve worked with through the years, have been so welcoming,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s been an honor and privilege to be appointed out of Osceola County since the two courts were reorganized, and I hope that it continues. I\u2019d like to see going forward the governor and voters of these two counties maintain the tradition of keeping one judge in Osceola County. \u201cAlthough I serve the two counties, my home and my heart are here in Osceola County.\u201d Snyder will make an appointment to fill the vacancy left by Menezes. Until a replacement is selected, the three remaining judges serving Mecosta and Osceola counties will handle the family and probate court matters.