Assistant Prosecuting Attorney- Berrien County


Under supervision of the County's Prosecuting Attorney, assists in prosecuting routine complaints for and on behalf of the County and other official agencies.


  1.   Receives and reviews police reports and arrest warrants from the Michigan State Police, County Sheriff's Departments and municipal police departments; approves and authorizes arrest warrants or returns warrants to agencies for further investigation.
  2. Prosecutes routine criminal complaints on behalf of the State of Michigan, its divisions and police agencies.
  3. Conducts legal research in order to prepare legal briefs and present prosecution's case at trial.
  4. Prepares legal briefs for submission to Circuit and District Courts, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
  5. Represents the people of the State of Michigan in jury and non-jury felony and misdemeanor cases in the Circuit Court, Probate Court, District Court, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
  6. Interprets and applies criminal statutes for police agencies; provides advice on proper legal procedures.
  7. Prepares Probate Court petitions for the commitment of mentally ill individuals and represents the People of the State of Michigan at all related hearings.
  8. Prepares and reviews search warrants for law enforcement agencies for presentation to the District Court.
  9. Prepares and reviews Probate Court petitions for abuse and neglect cases and represents Department of Social Services in Probate Court matters.
  10. Processes extradition cases.
  1. Reviews and handles all juvenile matters including delinquencies, truancies and status offenses.
  2. Represents the People of the State of Michigan and Department of Social Services in all paternity proceedings and child support collection matters; supervises interviews of mothers and fathers.
  3. Provides after hours, weekend and holiday assistance to police agencies regarding the review and authorization of felony arrests, legal questions, search warrants and exigent matters.
  4. Prepares and files petitions and represents the People of the State of Michigan in a variety of civil proceedings.
  5. Exercises a considerable degree of independent judgment throughout each state of the criminal justice process.
  6. Completes special projects and assignments as requested by the Prosecuting Attorney.


EDUCATION: Graduation from accredited law school is required.

EXPERIENCE: This is an entry level position. No prior experience is required.


Admission to practice before the Michigan Supreme Court is required within four months after the administration of the last bar exam.

NOTE: 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.

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.

Pay scale: for APA 1 is $56, 245 - $75,374. 

To Apply: All persons interested in an APA 1 position, should go online to the Berrien County website.  Access the Job Openings and fill out an application. Please submit your application and resume to Berrien County Administration, Personnel Department, 701 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI   49085. Your application and resume` can also be sent via email. Please email Wendy Holt at with your application and resume.  You may call Wendy Holt at 269-982-8616 with any questions.