Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys- Berrien County

  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney I ($55, 142 - $73, 869)
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney II ($60,655 - $81,284)  - Minimum 5 years prior prosecution experience.

Required: Graduation from law school. No prior experience is required.

Special Requirements: Admission to practice law before the Michigan Supreme Court is required within four months after administration of the last bar exam. Employees will be hired at a trainee wage as established by Berrien County until admission to practice before the Michigan Supreme Court has been obtained.

Duties: Under supervision of the County Prosecuting Attorney, assists in prosecuting routine complaints for and on behalf of the County and other official agencies. Receives and reviews police reports and arrest warrants from local law enforcement agencies; approves and authorizes arrest warrants or returns warrants to agencies for further investigation. Prosecutes routine criminal complaints on behalf of the State of Michigan, its divisions and police agencies. Conducts legal research in order to prepare legal briefs and present prosecution’s case at trial. Prepares legal briefs for submission to Circuit and District Courts, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Represents the People of the State of Michigan in jury and non-jury felony and misdemeanor cases; interprets and applies criminal statutes for police agencies; prepares probate court petitions; reviews and handles juvenile matters, paternity matters and abuse and neglect cases. Provides after hours, weekend and holiday assistance to police agencies regarding review and authorization of felony arrests, legal questions, search warrants, and exigent matters. Prepares and files petitions in civil proceedings. Exercises a considerable degree of independent judgment throughout each stage of the criminal justice process. Completes special projects and assignments as requested. This description is intended to describe the type and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a person so classified.

To Apply for these positions: 

Contact: Prosecutor-elect, Steve Pierangeli,, 269 983 7111, ext 8266.

Applications: must be made on an official Application for Employment (PDF) and mailed to:

Berrien County Administration
Personnel Department
701 Main Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
or email application to: Betsy Steltner at