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Prosecutor's Office

Mission Statement

To protect the rights, safety, and security of Kent County residents through diligent efforts to prosecute criminal offenses in Kent County.


The Prosecuting Attorney appears for the State or County in all criminal prosecutions in Circuit Court and District Court, as well as appearances in delinquency, neglect, mental incompetency, and adult guardianship proceedings in both Probate Court and the Family Division of the Circuit Court. The Prosecuting Attorney shares jurisdiction with the Michigan Attorney General for any crime that is committed in Kent County, but is independent of that State office. The Prosecuting Attorney is an elected official with a four-year term, chosen at the time of the Presidential election, on the partisan ballot.

The office is divided into the following divisions: Criminal, Appellate, Family Law and Juvenile. Each division has specific attorneys assigned to it and is structured to serve that division's unique needs. Additionally, the Victim/Witness Unit of the office performs services for victims of crime as mandated under the Crime Victims Rights Act.

The Prosecuting Attorney's office is responsible for other legal functions, including:

  • Keeping victims notified of case status, their right to participate, and to protect/• preserve their rights
  • Providing information on juvenile offenders to the Kent Intermediate School District
  • Representing the County in forfeiture actions.

Strategic Goals

  • Continue to improve case processing; align staff with judicial and prosecutorial resources to focus on expediency
  • Maximize effectiveness of existing staff.

Operational Goals

  • To prosecute violations of State law in District and Circuit Courts within Kent County
  • To protect and preserve the rights of victims by complying with the mandates of the Michigan Crime Victim's Right's Act
  • To represent the People of the State of Michigan at hearings involving delinquency, neglect/dependency, and matters of mental competency

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Contact Us

Prosecutor's Office

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

Main Office
Criminal & Appeals Division

82 Ionia Avenue NW, Suite 450
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 632-6710

(616) 632-6714

Christopher R. Becker
Prosecuting Attorney

James K. Benison
Senior Attorney, Appeals Division

Juvenile Division

82 Ionia Avenue NW, Suite 400
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 632-6658

(616) 632-6664

Vicki L. Seidl / Laura Clifton
Senior Attorney, Juvenile Division

Family Division

82 Ionia Avenue NW, Suite 425
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 632-6645

(616) 632-6646

Mark A. Vermeer
Senior Attorney

Victim/Witness Unit

180 Ottawa Avenue NW, Suite 5400
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 632-5400
Toll Free: (877) 451-8115
TDD: (616) 632-5404

(616) 632-5389

Rita Caruth
Victim/Witness Coordinator

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