New Prosecutor Named
The Honorable Robert D. Springstead announced today that Ellsworth J Stay Jr. of Newaygo has been appointed to serve as Prosecuting Attorney for Newaygo County.
A vacancy occurred due to the appointment of Judge Springstead the former prosecuting attorney to the circuit court bench. Michigan law empowers the circuit judge to appoint a prosecuting attorney to serve out the unexpired term of office when a vacancy occurs.
Mr. Stay, a licensed attorney since 2000 served most recently as the Trial Court Director and Friend of the Court for the 27th Circuit Court...
...beginning in 2010. Prior to that he spent 8 years in the Newaygo County Prosecutor’s office.
“Worth Stay has close to ten years experience prosecuting cases. He served for over 5 years as Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney handling the most serious cases in Newaygo County. Mr. Stay distinguished himself in both trial and appellate practice,” said Judge Springstead. “As Friend of the Court and Trial Court Director Mr. Stay gained invaluable experience managing budgets personnel and excelled at establishing and implementing a vision for a unified court system.
“Mr. Stay has earned the trust of the community and law enforcement during his tenure in the prosecutor’s office and the courts which will ensure a smooth transition," added Judge Springstead.
Mr. Stay has been involved in the community as past president of both the White Cloud Rotary and Newaygo County Bar Association. He has served as an Executive Committee member of the Newaygo County Republican Party and represented the circuit at the State Bar Representative assembly serving on several committees and organizations meant to improve the function of Michigan court.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as Prosecuting Attorney for Newaygo County,” said Stay. “I look forward to seeking justice in all cases, assisting victims and helping to protect our community.”
Mr. Stay will take office this Wednesday, March 8.
A special election will be held in 2018 to serve out the remainder of the unexpired term. The office carries a four year term which ends in 2020.
The Prosecuting Attorney is the chief law enforcement official within a county tasked with the prosecution of state crimes and other associated duties.