Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

200 Division St., Suite G42
Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: (231) 348-1725

Fax: (231) 348-0686

      Though the county building is closed to the public, the Prosecutor’s Office will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or as soon as the court dockets are handled for assistant prosecuting attorneys. The office will now be closed on Fridays while the county building is closed. An assistant prosecuting attorney will be on call when the office is not open to field all agency issues.
      The office, when open, will be operating on a greatly-reduced staff during the building shutdown while the rest of the staff works remotely from home when not in the office. Any agency that wishes to have the prosecutor’s office email complaint/warrants rather than having to pick them up, please let Jen Boyer know by providing an email address where you want the documents sent.
      With nearly all reports, supplemental reports, and search warrants coming in via electronic means, most paperwork will still be processed from remote locations as necessary. Additionally, all emails going to allows anyone in the office or working remotely to access them, preventing any back-up while the office complies with the governor’s orders during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please continue to use to insure everything is taken care of as quickly as possible.

James R. Linderman



James R. Linderman, Prosecuting Attorney
University of Minnesota Law School, Indiana University MBA



Meet the Staff

Assistant Prosecutors

Michael Schuitema, Chief Assistant Prosecutor
University of Virginia School of Law

E. Michael McNamara, Assistant Prosecutor
Cooley Law School

Administrative Staff

Jennifer Boyer web

Jennifer M. Boyer, Office Manager

Katelyn P. Morse, Crime Victim Advocate/Witness Coordinator

Courtney A. Blumke, Child Support Specialist

Corinne M. Koury, Legal Secretary

Emily K. Britton, Legal Secretary

Ashley Williams, Receptionist / Part-time Victim Advocate / Float

This web site is dedicated to giving you, the citizens of Emmet County, general information about the prosecutor’s office, its staff, the criminal justice system, and the role that the prosecutor plays in county government. You will also find links to other sites related to the criminal justice field. If you have questions, please feel free to contact our office at 231.348.1725.

Our Duties

The Prosecuting Attorney is an elected official with a four year term of office, as provided in 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.

The state legislature has created over 250 duties for the prosecutor, including the following:

  • Chief law enforcement official in the county
  • Reviews, authorizes, and prosecutes violations of felony and misdemeanor criminal laws of the State of Michigan and county ordinances committed in the county
  • Reviews, authorizes and prosecutes felony and misdemeanor juvenile delinquency offenses
  • Reviews, authorizes and prosecutes child protective proceedings in the Family Court where there are allegations of child neglect and/or abuse, including termination of parental rights
  • Represents the “People of the State of Michigan” in criminal matters in the District, Circuit and Family Courts as well as appeals of cases to the Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court
  • May prosecute contempt proceedings when there has been a violation of a Personal Protection Order (PPO)
  • Participates on behalf of the petitioner in mental health commitment hearings
  • Provides assistance and input to the victims of serious criminal offenses
  • May represent and gives advice to the county board of commissioners and other county departments on legal matters
  • Presides at monthly Concealed Weapons Licensing Board (“Gun Board”) meetings
  • Reviews, authorizes and prosecutes civil actions to obtain financial support for children



Emmet County, Michigan
200 Division Street, Petoskey MI 49770
(231) 348-1702 | Contact Us