EXPERIENCE & PLATFORM

“I am running for Emmet County Prosecuting Attorney because our community deserves the highest quality justice system possible. I have the background, experience, and track record of success to set those standards for the office. I have spent a lifetime fighting for justice as a prosecutor, including 30 successful murder cases, and thousands of successful prosecutions of sexual predators and drug dealers.  I bring vast experience and success to the position and am the most qualified candidate to become Emmet County Prosecuting Attorney.”  Stu Fenton 

Professional Experience

  • Chief Assistant Prosecutor Emmet County 2013-2019
  • Emmet County Bar Association President (2017-2019)
  • 33 years experience as Prosecutor 
  • Headed the Cold Case Homicide Team in Kalamazoo County and specialized drug prosecutor in Emmet & Kalamazoo counties
  • Successfully prosecuted thousands of sexual predators, child molesters, drug dealers, and handled countless capital cases
  • Statewide Trainer for Law Enforcement on Criminal Investigations, Sexual Assault, Trial Advocacy, Report Writing, Cold Case Homicide and Courtroom Testimony for Police Officers 
  • Wrote Emmet County Forensic Protocol for interviewing child victims of sex crimes; instrumental in the development of the Emmet County Child Advocacy Center
  • Expert Review Panel member for Prosecutor’s Association of Michigan Cold Case Homicide Review Panel
  • Attorney Discipline Board member panelist for State Bar of Michigan
  • Board of Directors – Northern Community Mediation
  • Special Domestic Violence Coordinator and Trainer with the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians Tribal Court (LTBB). (Current Position)

Platform

I will:

  • Be tough on all sexual predators and crimes against children, violent and career criminals, hardcore drug dealers (heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, etc), and serious financial crimes
  • Personally handle cases, go to court, try cases, and share the workload
  • Cultivate strong relationships and partnerships with Law Enforcement, Victim Advocacy groups, and other community organizations to be proactive and work towards the prevention of crime, including the schools
  • Protect the rights of victims as well as the accused
  • Reform the office by improving morale, implementing consistent and efficient policies, and keeping statistics of cases and assignments, including year-end reports so we, the County Board,  and the taxpayers can see how we’re doing each year
  • Support a Drug Court in Emmet County and other creative & cost-effective resolutions for non-violent offenders
  • Not be afraid to charge & try the tough cases, but also decline to prosecute where there are serious questions of guilt or the case is unprovable
  • Provide training  to local law enforcement agencies at their request
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