23rd District Court
23365 Goddard Road
Taylor, MI 48180
(734) 374-1334

Judge William J. Sutherland graduated from University of Detroit Mercy Law School. He was elected to the Charter Commission that drafted the City Charter in 1968. At the first election for municipal officials, he was elected, along with Judge Anthony Nicita, as one of the first municipal judges for the City of Taylor.

In 1980, Judge Sutherland became a district judge of the 23rd District Court, which encompassed the entire City of Taylor. He was elected by his fellow judges as president of the Municipal Judges Association and president of the Wayne County District Judges. The District Judges of Michigan elected him to represent them on the State Judicial Council.

The Michigan Supreme Court appointed Judge Sutherland to serve in Detroit Recorders Court before he became a full-time District Court judge in 1980.

Judge Sutherland was the husband to the late Nancy J. Sutherland for 42 years and is the proud father to four children and proud grandfather to nine grandsons.

Judge Geno Salomone is a lifelong resident of Taylor. He and his wife Karen graduated together from Kennedy High School in 1973. They were married in 1977 and have three children.

Judge Salomone worked as a custodian for the Taylor School District while attending Wayne State University. He graduated from WSU in 1980 and from the Detroit College of Law in 1984.

He was elected in 2000. Since that time, he has implemented a "court in the high schools" program, co-sponsored the Goodwill Garden at Heritage Park and started a drug treatment court program for defendants addicted to drugs or alcohol. Judge Salomone is also president of the Taylor Conservatory Foundation and a member of the board of directors for the Friends of the Rouge River.