Ingham County Board of Commissioners has authorized an appropriation of up to $20,000 to hire a retired Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.
The Attorney would work on a temporary basis with the Michigan State Police as they audit the Ingham County Sheriff's Office evidence room.
Prosecuting Attorney Gretchen Whitmer previously requested the Michigan State Police to conduct an audit of the Ingham County Sheriff's Office evidence room after evidence was damaged or destroyed from a tainted water leak several years ago.
"When we became aware of this problem, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners immediately wanted to do our part to assist the Sheriff's Office and Prosecuting Attorney's Office to identify what cases may be affected," said Kara Hope, Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners. "This partnership with the various criminal justice organizations is an important first step in that process.
The Prosecutor's Office will be hiring a retired former Ingham County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney because of their familiarity with the Ingham County criminal justice system.