Posted: Friday, February 5, 2016 7:43 am
CHARLEVOIX — Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof didn’t wait for the last minute to announce his bid for re-election.
Telgenhof, who is finishing up his first four-year term as prosecutor, issued a news release Thursday in which he said he has filed the necessary paperwork with the county clerk’s office to seek re-election.
As of Thursday, the county clerk’s office staff said no other candidates have filed for the position, however the filing deadline is more than two months away at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19.
Telgenhof was elected to the post in 2012 after 23 years in private law practice.
“I am very proud of the progress we have made in the 37 months since I took office. We have an office where people are respected and treated as important members of a team,” Telgenhof said in the release.
He noted that during his time in office, he has handled cases involving an alleged murder, manslaughter, an attempted murder, the shooting of a police officer, several sex crimes, including those against children, a “shaken baby case,” embezzlements, strings of break-in thefts, arson, rape and armed robbery.
“These have all been cases I have personally handled over the past three years. Each of our four prosecutors, including myself, has specific areas of responsibility. I have reorganized the office so that prosecutors are put in positions of familiarity where they can succeed,” Telgenhof wrote.
“While convictions are important, it is also important that we keep an open mind and seek justice,” he added.
As an example, Telgenhof pointed to an armed robbery case in which one person was initially charged, but after more information came to light, the charges were dropped against the initial person and a second defendant eventually admitted to the crime.
He also said during his first term he has focused on domestic violence cases, including working to hire a domestic violence prosecutor, establishing a county-wide domestic violence case policy and working to create a domestic violence task force.
He pointed to efforts in addressing teenage sexual activity and involvement with the county’s drug task force, the Joint Operational Law Enforcement Team.
He also said the office has worked to improve communication between prosecutors and police, victims, and the public through various means.
If another Republican candidate files to run for the prosecutor’s office before the deadline, or if one files to run as a write-in, he or she would face Telgenhof in the August primary.
Then the winner of the primary would face off against any Democratic or other party candidate that might emerge in the general election in November.