New prosecutor named in Allegan County

Myrene Koch will replace Robert Kengis as Allegan County Prosecuting Attorney on March 19. The same date Kengis starts as a Circuit Judge.

Allegan County will soon have a new Prosecuting Attorney. Myrene Koch will take over for current prosecutor, Roberts Kengis on March 19.

Kengis will continue as Prosecuting Attorney until March 19 when he starts his role as a Circuit Judge, a position he was appointed to by Governor Rick Snyder.

Koch was named to the position by Chief Circuit Judge Margaret Zuzich Bakker, on Tuesday. Koch has served as an assistant prosecutor since July of 2002, and as the Chief Assistant Prosecutor since last June.

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Judge Bakker says, "Myrene has demonstrated an outstanding ability to represent the people’s interests in criminal prosecutions before this Court and as Chief Assistant has demonstrated strong administrative abilities that will serve her and the County of Allegan well as Prosecutor.”

Koch a 1992 graduate of Michigan State received her JD from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1999. She has been recognized for her volunteer work with South Haven Public Schools and the Allegan County Coordinating Council on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Koch and her husband married in 1993. They have four children.

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