Judge Foster was appointed to the 16th Judicial Circuit Court bench on April 26, 2006 by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. Prior to that, Judge Foster was a District Judge at the 41-B District Court, serving Mount Clemens and the Townships of Clinton and Harrison, for 15 years.
He received his B.A. from Alma College, where, until recently, he served as a member of the Board of Trustees. He received his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law in 1977. Besides private practice, Judge Foster was Assistant, then Chief Corporation Counsel for Macomb County until his appointment to the District Court Bench by Governor James J. Blanchard in November, 1990.
Until his retirement, Judge Foster served as the Chief Judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit Court, Macomb County Probate Court and the 42nd District Court, Divisions I and II. Judge Foster was also created the first Business Court docket in Michigan and was continued in that position by the Michigan Supreme Court after the legislation creating such courts was enacted.
Judge Foster has been active in many community organizations, including the Salvation Army’s Mt. Clemens Citadel, Clinton Township Optimists Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Metro Detroit’s Alzheimer’s Association, and a member of the Board at Peace Presbyterian Village.
He and his wife, Kathy Keves-Foster, have been residents of Macomb County for over 35 years and previously operated two small businesses, Keves Farm and American Elite Alpacas.