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2014 Distinguished Alumnus

The Honorable John A. Hallacy

Chief Judge, 10th Judicial District

John A. Hallacy received an associate in arts degree from GRCC in 1983, a bachelor of science degree from Western Michigan University in 1985, and his juris doctorate degree from Valparaiso University's School of Law in 1988.  He has served as a judge for the 10th District Court since 2009 and became chief judge in 2014.

  During his career from prosecuting attorney to the bench, Hallacy has worked to improve the justice system.  As a Calhoun County prosecutor, he started a diversion program that gives first-time juvenile offenders the opportunity to have their criminal charges dropped if they successfully complete the program.  He also has been honored for his efforts to get funding to provide nurse examiners in sexual assault cases.  He started a successful sobriety court in 2010.   Hallacy also works with a domestic violence shelter, the United Way, and has served on a state Task Force on Elder Abuse and on the board for the National Resource Center for Racial Healing.  The State Bar of Michigan gave Hallacy the Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award in 2011.   Grand Rapids Community College is proud to call John an alumnus, and now a Distinguished Alumnus.