By Associated Press - Tuesday, December 30, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has hired two top aides to join his office.

The governor on Tuesday announced the appointment of outgoing state Rep. John Walsh as director of strategy. The Livonia Republican is finishing his third and final two-year term in the Michigan House of Representatives under term limits.

He was instrumental in work that led to the Legislature’s passage of $195 million in aid to help end Detroit’s bankruptcy.

Walsh will succeed Bill Rustem on Monday. Rustem retired in the summer.

Snyder named Kent County Circuit Judge James Redford as chief legal counsel. Redford lost a bid for the Michigan Supreme Court in the November election.

He will succeed Mike Gadola on Jan. 14. Snyder appointed Gadola to be a Michigan Court of Appeals judge earlier this month.

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