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Prosecuting Attorney


Michael Bedford is the elected Van Buren County Prosecuting Attorney who took office on January 1, 2013. His office prosecutes violations of state law occurring in Van Buren County on behalf of the People of the State of Michigan.

The Prosecutor and his staff work with the Sheriff Department, State Police, local police departments, and other law enforcement agencies to enforce the criminal law and to prosecute civil infractions. Crimes prosecuted, range from homicides to minor in possession of alcohol or tobacco. Examples of civil infractions are speeding and many other traffic violations.

In addition, the office of the Prosecuting Attorney is actively engaged in the prosecution of juvenile delinquents and child protection proceedings initiated by the Department of Human Services Children’s Protective Services division. It also represents petitioners in mental health commitment hearings and represents the Secretary of State in license restoration hearings in Circuit Court.

The office of the Prosecuting Attorney has been actively involved in the Van Buren County Drug Treatment Court and in the forfeiture of assets connected with illegal drug traffic.

Prosecuting Attorney

Paw Paw Office
212 E. Paw Paw Street, Ste. 102
Paw Paw, MI 49079
269-657-8239 Victim Rights
269-657-8238 Fax

South Haven Office
1007 E. Wells Street
South Haven, MI 49090
269-639-4519 Fax

Hours M-F 8:30-12 & 1-5:00


Prosecuting Attorney

Michael Bedford [Click here to view full size picture]

Michael Bedford

Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Keith Robinson

Keith Robinson

Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys:

Jay Blair [Click here to view full size picture]     

Jay Blair, APA

Kati A. Hoekstra, APA

Eric Jenkins

Eric Jenkins, APA


Kirk Metzger, APA


Bianca Bartley
Victim Rights Coordinator
Victim Rights Telephone: 269-657-8239 x 2239

Coleen Daggett
Victim Rights Assistant

Deb Flory
Legal Secretary

Heidi Keister
Legal Secretary

Lisa Oliver
Legal Secretary