Hon. Gregory R. Todd (Larry Mayer Billings Gazette)

The Yellowstone County courthouse will look a little different starting in January. The Honorable Gregory R. Todd will be retiring from the 13th Judicial District effective December 31, 2021 after almost 21 years on the bench.

Judge Todd began hearing dependency neglect cases immediately upon assuming the bench, but since 2014, Judge Todd has overseen Yellowstone Family Recovery Court (YFRC), an intensive program for some Yellowstone County parents whose kids have been removed at least in part due to parental substance use. In a press release, Judge Todd described his work in the recovery court as “the hardest” but also “the most rewarding” part of his career. Family recovery courts take on the highest need parents with the highest risk of recurrence of substance use and provide those parents with wrap-around services, all toward the goal of safe and long-term reunification of families. Pat Zellar, a Court Appointed Special Advocate who has been assigned to several children in YFRC over the years, says, “Judge Todd has taken on this challenging work and changed children’s lives, giving them a better chance to grow up healthy and safe.”

CASA of Yellowstone County thanks Judge Todd for his commitment to justice and fairness in our community and particularly for the hard work of serving kids and families through his oversight of YFRC for seven years. We wish him the best of luck in his retirement!

Ashley Milsop is a Program Coordinator for CASA of Yellowstone County.