Whitmer appointments Amy C. Clapp to the 49th Circuit Court bench

Mecosta County prosecutor replaces retired judge Scott Hill-Kennedy

Amy C. Clapp

Amy C. Clapp

Courtesy/Michigan Executive Office of the Governor

LANSING — The Mecosta County prosecutor soon will find herself on the other side of the bench.

Gov.Gretchen Whitmer has appointed Amy C. Clapp to the 49th Circuit Court of Mecosta and Osceola counties. Clapp replaces Scott Hill-Kennedy, who recently retired after serving a judge for the 49th Circuit Court since 2005.

Clapp was appointed as prosecutor for Mecosta County in 2021 after serving six years as the chief assistant prosecutor since 2015. During that time, she has served with the Mecosta County Domestic Violence Task Force and the Mecosta County Multi-Disciplinary Team for Child Abuse and Neglect, according to a news release from the governor's office.

Prior to her roles in Mecosta County prosecutor's office, Clapp worked as an attorney with Heidi L. Wolf, P.C. According to the news release, she represented clients charged with criminal misdemeanors and felonies, in addition to estate planning, divorce and child custody and civil litigation. She also worked as a assistant prosecutor for Allegan County and as an adjunct professor for Aquinas College, her alma mater, where she taught Constitutional law. Her Juris Doctor degree is from Michigan State University Law School.

“I am so grateful to Gov. Whitmer for this appointment to the 49th Circuit Court,” Clapp said in the release. “I have dedicated my career to public service, and I'm honored to have the opportunity to continue that service for the citizens of Mecosta and Osceola counties.

"As judge, I hope to increase accessibility and transparency of the court, promote civility and respect, and apply the law fairly and justly. I'm humbled by this opportunity and excited beyond measure.” 

Clapp lives in Stanwood with her husband, Andrew. 

Her term begins Aug. 22 and run through Jan. 1, 2025. To continue in the role after finishing out the partial term, she will need to run for reelection in November 2024

Whitmer also appointed Amanda L. Eicher to the 1st District Court of Monroe County. 
“I am proud to appoint Amy and Amanda, two skilled legal professionals with a range of experience, to the bench,” Whitmer said in the release. “They will both serve the people of Michigan honorably and uphold the law, ensuring that our families and communities are safe and justice is delivered.”