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Prosecuting Attorney

Prosecutor:
Ralph W. Kimble

Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney:
Valerie White

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney:
Scott Smith

Victims' Advocate:
Denice Mack

Child Support Coordinator:
Tangela Gautsche

Legal Secretary:
Lori Blair

Hours:

8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday

Phone:

517.279.4319

Fax:

517.279.6437

Location:

Courthouse
31 Division St.

Mailing Address:

Courthouse
31 Division St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

The Prosecuting Attorney is an elected official with a four-year term of office, as provided by the Michigan Constitution. Elections occur at the time of the Presidential election, on the partisan ballot. The elected county Prosecuting Attorney is independent of the Michigan Attorney General.

The Prosecuting Attorney's office is responsible for a wide array of legal functions for the County, including:

  • act as the chief law enforcement official in the County
  • review, authorize and prosecute violations of felony and misdemeanor criminal laws of the State of Michigan and County ordinances committed inside the County
  • authorize and prosecute felony & misdemeanor juvenile delinquency offenses
  • represent the County in criminal matters before the District & Circuit Courts; juvenile delinquency, parental neglect and miscellaneous probate matters in the Family Court, and appeals in the Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court
  • advise the Family Independence Agency on child abuse & neglect petitions, and actions to terminate parental rights
  • attend contested mental health commitment hearings
  • presides at a monthly Concealed Weapon Permit Board
     
  • file and prosecute actions to establish paternity
  • file actions to establish family support orders
  • represent and advise the County Board of Commissioners and other County departments on legal matters