Missaukee County Prosecutor David DenHouten
The Prosecuting Attorney is an elected official with a four-year term of office as provided by the Michigan Constitution. Elections occur at the same time as 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 the legal functions of Missaukee County, including:
- Acts as the chief law enforcement official in the County
- Reviews authorizes and prosecutes violations of felony and misdemeanor criminal laws of the State of Michigan as committed in Missaukee County
- Authorizes and prosecutes felony and misdemeanor juvenile delinquent offenses
- Represents Missaukee County in criminal matters before Missaukee County District Court and Missaukee County Circuit Court; juvenile delinquency, parental neglect and miscellaneous probate matters in the Missaukee County Family Court, and appeals in the Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court
- Advises the Family Independence Agency on child abuse and neglect petitions, and actions to terminate parental rights
- Attends contested mental health commitment hearings, termination of parental rights for abuse and neglect of children
- Presides at a monthly concealed Weapon Permit Board, unless he or she opts off for the remainder of his/her term. In that case, the county board appoints a certified firearms instructor to replace the Prosecuting Attorney
- Files and prosecutes actions to establish paternity
- Files actions to establish family support orders
- May represent and advise the County Board of Commissioners and other County departments on legal matters.
- Additionally, the Missaukee County Prosecuting Attorney acts as the FOIA designee for Missaukee County pursuant to appointment by the Missaukee County Board of Commissioners