New prosecutor appointed in Ionia County

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 2:46 pm on Thursday, March 31, 2016

Kyle Butler

IONIA — A new Ionia County prosecutor has been appointed.

Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger and Ron Schafer, both of whom are 8th Judicial Circuit Court judges, appointed Ionia County Assistant Prosecutor Kyle Butler as Ionia County’s new prosecutor on Wednesday.

The position has been vacant since March 14, when Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Schafer as 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge for Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Butler, 39, was hired as an Ionia County prosecutor in 2007 as his first job out of law school with Michigan State University, where he double majored in criminal justice and psychology.

“Criminal law has always intrigued me,” he said. “In between undergraduate and law school I worked as a court clerk in Arapahoe County, Colorado, and got to familiarize myself more with the criminal justice system, and it was that job that affirmed that I wanted to go law school.”

Applications were accepted for the Ionia County prosecutor job until last Friday and interviews were conducted Tuesday. Butler learned he was chosen for the job on Wednesday morning.

“Obviously, it’s a mix of emotions,” he said. “Excitement, thrilled, honored, humbled, it’s just all that. It’s an honor to realize the trust and faith the judges of the Ionia County Circuit Court have in my abilities to represent the people of this county as the appointed prosecutor. I look forward to serving the people of Ionia County for many years to come.”

Butler resides in Portland with his wife and their two daughters, ages 4 and 2. He lives near the Grand River and enjoys kayaking, hiking, camping and the outdoors in general.

Butler plans to run for election as Ionia County prosecutor this fall, when the seat will be up for grabs to other candidates. The deadline to file as a partisan candidate for an Ionia or Montcalm county office is April 19 with the county clerk’s office.

“Kyle Butler is well respected as a trial attorney who has effectively prosecuted cases in the Probate, District and Circuit Courts in Ionia County, making him well qualified to serve the people of Ionia County as prosecutor until the next election when the people will decide,” said Kreeger, who is the chief judge for circuit court.

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