The Michigan Supreme Court has removed Kenneth King from his job as chief judge of 36th District Court in Detroit.
King had headed up the financially struggling court since last year.
He tells The Detroit News on Monday he was asked by the court's special administrator, Court of Appeals Judge Michael Talbot, "to resign or be removed."
According to WJBK-TV, the Supreme Court says King was unwilling or unable to cooperate with Talbot.
Talbot's appointment as a special administrator of the court followed a report that found 36th District Court was plagued by financial mismanagement, a backlogged docket and a bloated payroll.
King will remain as an elected 36th District Court judge.