Montcalm County employee charged after Christmas party skirmish

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 2:29 pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Montcalm County employee is being charged after an alleged altercation with another employee at the county Christmas party last month.

Amber Lynn Barnes of Stanton was charged last Friday with drunk and disorderly conduct, a possible 90-day misdemeanor, according to Mecosta County Prosecutor Peter Jaklevic, who has been appointed special prosecutor in the case.

Barnes has not yet been arrested or arraigned on the charge as the Mecosta County Prosecutor’s Office is waiting to hear which court will be assigned to the case.

Barnes is the billing and accounts manager for Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services in Stanton and remains employed as such, according to Emergency Medical Services Director David Feldpausch, who declined to comment further.

According to Jaklevic, the charge against Barnes stem from an alleged skirmish Barnes had with Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard at the county Christmas party on Dec. 8. The party took place at the Sheridan Community Center the night of Dec. 7 and the altercation allegedly took place in the early morning hours after the party had ended.

The county Christmas party is a private event which is neither sponsored by nor paid for by the county, according to Montcalm County Controller-Adminstrator Chris Hyzer.

Barnes and Millard both declined comment for this story.

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