Lincoln Township trustees meet incoming Berrien County judge

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

STEVENSVILLE — Newly appointed Berrien County Judge Brian Berger introduced himself Tuesday night to the Lincoln Township Board of Trustees.

Berger was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Nov. 13 to be the next probate judge in Berrien County. He begins his new role Jan. 4.

“It is normally an elected position,” said Berger, who will replace Judge Thomas Nelson for the remainder of his term. “It’s an important position and I believe those who represent the people should come out into the public and introduce themselves.”

As the judge who will preside in the county court’s family division, Berger told trustees he plans on running for the regular six-year term after serving the remainder of Nelson’s term.

Greg Vaughn, vice president of Cornerstone Alliance, gave a presentation to trustees on everything they have done this year in Southwest Michigan. This included visiting 104 companies and hiring the organization’s new CEO, Rob Cleveland.

“We go to these companies to speak with them to see how they’re doing and if there is anything we can do to help,” Vaughn said. “In a nutshell, the majority of the businesses in our communities are doing well.”

Afterward, the economic development organization was given a $2,500 contribution from the township. Stauffer said they had already budgeted for the item.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Dec. 9, 2015)

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