Assistant Prosecuting Attorney- Marquette County

Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled

Under the supervision of the Prosecuting Attorney and Chief Assistant Prosecutor: the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney (“APA”) reviews warrant requests for authorization of criminal charges, determines appropriate charges and initiates criminal proceedings; prosecutes misdemeanor and felony criminal cases in the district and circuit courts, including appearing for conferences, hearings, preliminary examinations, trials, and sentencings; prepares plea offers and negotiates plea agreements with defense counsel; drafts motions and responses; interviews witnesses; advises law enforcement; may be assigned probate court cases and/or appeals; and assists with other matters as assigned.

The Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is the largest prosecutor’s office north of Bay City, processing over 900 felony and 1,000 misdemeanor cases per year. All seven attorneys in the office, including the elected Prosecutor, handle a full case load. The new APA will immediately be given courtroom responsibilities and will handle a wide variety of cases, with appropriate guidance and supervision. Our office is a collegial environment, where we brainstorm and assist one another with cases, cover appearances for each other when scheduling conflicts arise, and work together as a team to ensure we reach our goals each year: seeking justice for our community and victims of crimes. Whether you’re fresh out of law school or a seasoned attorney, new to criminal law or an expert in it, you can fit into our office. In fact, our last two APA hires came out of civil litigation roles and are doing an outstanding job in the office.

We are looking for someone who values service to their community over chasing billable hours. If your goal is to make a lot of money, please look elsewhere. If you find yourself spending your days carrying a senior partner’s files around, writing memos, and reviewing mountains of documents while wishing you could actually be in your community making a difference, call us. If you can handle a full load of cases and be in the courtroom advocating and fighting for victims of crimes, please contact us. Work-life balance is often talked about, but not easily found in the legal profession. This is a rare opportunity to have a fulfilling career and have the ability to enjoy your free time outside of the office.

Marquette County is the largest county in the state of Michigan by land area. It’s also the most populous county in the Upper Peninsula. The city of Marquette is located on the shores of Lake Superior and continues to grow in popularity, both as a tourist destination and as home base for remote workers and entrepreneurs. If you love the outdoors, but appreciate the modern conveniences of a city, Marquette County is for you. Your options for outdoor recreation are virtually limitless, with hundreds of miles of nationally ranked mountain bike, cross country skiing, and hiking trails; beaches, rivers, lakes, and streams, for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, or relaxing; Marquette Mountain for downhill skiing and snowboarding; and forests for camping, hunting, snowmobiling, exploring and more. In addition to outdoor recreation opportunities, Marquette boasts shops and restaurants galore in its quaint downtown, as well as a public university, a large hospital system, a regional airport, and excellent public schools. The Marquette area is home to a strong, vibrant community. We welcome you to come visit and investigate for yourself!

Employment Qualifications:

Education:  Law degree from an accredited law school.        

Experience:  Depending on experience, associate will be hired as an APA I or APA II.

Other Requirements:   Licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan.

Salary Range:            APA I:             $49,545.60 - $60,444.80

                                           APA II:           $57,262.40 - $69,867.20

In addition, APAs earn comp time for hours worked over 40 hours per week, and are paid an additional $250 each week they are on call.

All Marquette County Employees receive a full benefits package including retirement, health insurance, life insurance, sick leave, personal time, and vacation time.  In addition, pay scales are usually increased each year on review of the county commission.

Submit Letter of application, resume, and writing sample to:

Matt Wiese, Marquette County
Prosecuting Attorney
Courthouse Annex
234 West Baraga Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855