Assistant Prosecuting Attorney- Grand Traverse County

Grand Traverse County is a team of passionate and incredible people who are committed to providing responsive, effective quality service to our up-north community.  We strive to be a leader in innovative, effective, collaborative, and sustainable county government.  We offer stable work environments and competitive salaries to both full- time and part-time employees.  Understanding the many challenges facing today’s professionals and families, we offer a competitive compensation package including an impressive list of benefits and time off.

Job Description:


Primary function of the job is to participate in the processing of more complex complaints from various police agencies and to prosecute all phases of criminal trials, felony trials, motions, hearings, and appeals in Circuit Court. Employees work as part of a team and are responsible for ensuring that the team meets its objectives. Employees must meet the minimum requirements, conditions of employment, and be able to perform successfully all essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodations. This position may require irregular hours. This position may also require travel by the employee in the employee's own vehicle. May be required to work on-call in an emergency.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (may include but are not limited to the following)

  • Prosecutes all phases of criminal and civil trials, jury or non-jury, motions, appeals, and/or hearings in Circuit Court, District Court, and Probate Court.
  • Participates in the day-to-day tasks of reviewing police reports, warrant screening, drafting of search warrants, petitions, and other legal documents, and provides specialized information and advice to various police agencies.
  • Reviews and collaborates on the investigations of law enforcement, applicable internal departments, and office staff.
  • Initiates actions and provides guidance to the police, other governmental agencies, and their support personnel in the investigation of complaints.
  • Participates in developing and implementing policies and procedures for groups related to the criminal justice system.
  • Prepares for litigation proceedings, which includes: researching the law; writing and preparing briefs, motions, and directives; conversing with and preparing witnesses to give testimony; negotiating case resolutions with attorneys; preparing and implementing case strategies; and, performing related activities.
  • Presents and argues cases to juries, judges, and other fact finders.
  • Provides legal advice and consultation to other attorneys, law enforcement, internal staff, and citizens.
  • Serves generally as a felony trial attorney, or serves as the principal attorney in a specific field such as child support enforcement, child abuse and neglect, juvenile division of the Family Court, narcotics, or other specialized area.
  • Develops expertise in one or more areas of law as deemed necessary by the Prosecuting Attorney.


Salary: $68,018.00 - $85,058.00

Grand Traverse County is a great place to live, work and play. Come join our team and experience what northern Michigan is all about, apply today!

You really should see what we have to offer: 

  • Medical: The County offers employees a high-deductible plan through Priority Health. To help cover the cost of the deductible, Grand Traverse County will deposit a contribution amount up to $2,000 into an employee Health Savings Account every year.  You may also direct deposit funds into this account every pay period.
  • Vision: The County provides a no cost plan for employees. We also offer an enhanced plan through EyeMed.  
  • Dental: Our dental insurance provider is Delta Dental. You will pay no costs or premium for diagnostic and cleaning services. 
  • Wellness: Grand Traverse County is committed to creating a culture of health. We provide a variety of incentives and programs that allow you to live a healthy lifestyle. 
  • Employee Recognition: We highly value our employees, which we show by providing our employees awards and recognition throughout the year, and on anniversary dates.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Employees are reimbursed up to $5,250 annually for enrollment in courses at an accredited college, university, or trade school. 
  • Vacation: Grand Traverse County provides a generous amount of vacation days to benefitted employees so you can spend time with family and friends. 
  • Holidays: The County gives you 12 days a year to celebrate holidays. Beyond these 12 days, you will receive additional floating holidays to use at your discretion. 
  • Personal Leave: Employees receive up to 64 hours annually depending on contract, to use for appointments, take care of family needs and other personal reasons. Employees are paid every year for unused personal leave up to 40 hours. 
  • Parental Leave: Employees may take up to 6 months of leave to begin at birth or date of adoption of their child. 
  • Retirement: Grand Traverse County offers a defined contribution through MERS. The plan includes a generous match that fully vests after 6 years of employment. We also offer a deferred compensation 457b Plan.  
  • Life Insurance: Benefitted employees automatically receive life insurance. 
  • Short Term Disability: The County provides a plan through Mutual of Omaha, which pays two thirds of your salary or wages for a maximum of 182 days.
  • Long Term Disability: The County provides a plan through Mutual of Omaha, which pays 60 percent of your salary or wages for a maximum of 24 months.