OFFICE OF THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY
THE DISTRICT COURT DIVISION
The decision to either charge a suspect with a crime or decline prosecution is
one of the most important functions performed by the Prosecuting Attorney. The District Court
Division of the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's Office coordinates and oversees the work done in the
office to bring formal criminal charges against someone. After the police investigate
criminal activity, they present the results of their investigation to our office. It is our
job to review the case for both legal and factual sufficiency. If the complaint meets the
charging standard, a complaint and warrant is issued, and the case officially enters the criminal
Our Division, which includes the Witness Unit, is comprised of lawyers, victim
advocates and legal assistants. In addition to charging, we are the people who do most of the trial and related
court work on misdemeanor prosecutions.
The attorneys assigned to the District Court Division handle the prosecution of misdemeanor cases in
the seven district courts, prosecute preliminary hearings on felony cases which are
held at the District Court level and represent petitioners at mental commitment hearings held in Probate
Court. The Division also handles tickets issued by police officers.
The District Court Division is made up of the following employees:
Alan D. Harbaugh - Division Leader
DISTRICT COURT ASSISTANT PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS
Joseph R. Hawver
Aubrey N. Koches
Jason W. Werkema
Michael P. Reisterer, Jr.
Justin R. Workman