Montcalm County employee pleads guilty to drunk and disorderly

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 1:05 pm on Tuesday, April 02, 2013

A Montcalm County employee has pleaded guilty as charged after an altercation with another employee at the county Christmas party last year.

Amber Lynn Barnes of Stanton was charged with drunk and disorderly conduct. She pleaded guilty on March 13 and faces up to 90 days in jail for the misdemeanor when she is sentenced on April 15.

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.

Mecosta County Prosecutor Peter Jaklevic was appointed special prosecutor in the case.

According to Jaklevic, the charge against Barnes stemmed from a 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.


CORRECTION: Amber Barnes was sentenced to a $325 fine on March 13 after pleading guilty to drunk and disorderly conduct. The Mecosta County Prosecutor’s Office provided The Daily News with incorrect sentencing information.

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