A senior Macomb County Court official leaves to head the State Courts Justice Education Branch.
John Nizol, who served as deputy court administrator at Macomb Circuit Court for the past five years, has been named the new director of the Michigan Judicial Institute, an arm of the state judiciary, according to a press release from the Administrative Office of the State Court. . Nizol succeeds Dawn McCarty, who is retiring after 21 years at the helm of MJI and 36 years overall at SCAO.
Nizol will report to Elizabeth “Liza” Rios, Deputy Administrator of the State Court, and will provide professional development to employees of the judicial branch and guide MJI’s programming and publishing teams in the production of educational seminars, training materials and legal reference resources for Michigan judges and courts. , officials said.
“With 16 years of experience, John Nizol knows firsthand how the courts work and fully understands their needs in terms of education and support to stay current with changing rules and laws, emerging issues and new technologies,” Rios said in the statement. “Michigan judges and court workers are in excellent hands.”
“I welcome this new challenge and look forward to making positive change that positions Michigan’s courts to serve as trusted resources in the community,” Nizol said in the statement.
Nizol will oversee MJI’s mandatory judicial training programs and the operations of the Hall of Justice Learning Center. He will lead the long-term goals of the SCAO learning management system and MJI’s digital services and online content.
Prior to serving as Deputy Administrator of Macomb Court, Nizol was Director of Legal Services and prior to that he was a Research Lawyer. In addition, he served as an Assistant Faculty Instructor and is currently a member of the Legal Assistant Advisory Board at Macomb Community College. Nizol serves on the Justice for All Commission and the Michigan State Bar District’s Character and Fitness Committee.
Nizol received a Bachelor of Arts from Western Michigan University and a law degree from Michigan State University College of Law.
Nizol has not yet been replaced. The job posting for a new deputy court administrator in Macomb ended on Friday. The salary range is $99,500 to $126,000, depending on the county budget.
Nizol is Macomb’s second receiver to leave for state office. Former Macomb Court Administrator Jennifer Phillips left in 2016 to take on the role of Regional Administrator and recently left that position to become the Court Administrator for District Court 52-4 in Troy.