Prosecutors

CHARLEVOIX COUNTY PROSECUTORS
Allen Telgenhof, Prosecuting Attorney
Mark Muniak, Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Kerry Zahner, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Caitlin Borchard, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney





Allen Telgenhof, Prosecuting Attorney
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telgenhofa@charlevoixcounty.org

Allen was elected prosecuting attorney in November of 2012 and took office on January 1, 2013. He handles the majority of the felony prosecutions in Charlevoix County, successfully trying cases involving assault with intent to murder, criminal sexual conduct against a child victim, arson, malicious destruction of personal property, manufacture of controlled substances, resisting and obstructing a police officer.

During his first four-year term as prosecuting attorney, in addition to the administration of the office and his caseload, Allen worked on three primary initiatives:

1. Fighting domestic violence and sexual assault - Allen worked with all of the police agencies in the county to create and adopt a uniform set of policies incorporating the best practices for the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence cases. Allen coordinated and arrange for training on those policies for all law enforcement agencies. He created a Charlevoix County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force where members of the PA Office partner with law enforcement, the courts, probation departments, the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan and other social service agencies partner to address DV/SA issues in our communities. Allen hired a specialized Domestic Violence Assistant Prosecuting Attorney to focus on these cases due to the special dynamics presented.  Most recently, Allen and Libby Mikulski were instrumental in bringing the film The Hunting Ground to Charlevoix County, leading a post-film panel discussion consisting of prosecutors, law enforcement and victim advocates.

2. Fighting the illegal sale of drugs - Allen personally prosecutes all cases investigated by JOLT (Charlevoix County's Joint Operational Law Enforcement Drug Team). He has attended numerous trainings, paid for through drug forfeiture funds, in the area of drug investigation and prosecution. Allen has advocated for tougher charges and sentences for convicted drug dealers in Charlevoix County.

3. Teen education - Allen presented to high school students across the county on issues related to teen sex, including consent, sexting and distribution of pictures. The meetings, held at Boyne Falls, Charlevoix and East Jordan High Schools, were very well received as students learned about Michigan law in these areas and had the opportunity to ask difficult questions. Additionally, Allen has developed a diversion program where teen sexual activity which is factually, but not legally consensual (at least one of the participants is under the age of 16) is treated with evaluation, counseling and education rather than prosecution and punishment. The activity is not ignored but is utilized as an opportunity to inform rather than to punish.

Prior to his election, Allen spent 23 years in private practice, focusing on litigation, both civil and criminal.

Allen received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan State University in 1987. He graduated with honors from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1989, where he was recognized on the Dean's List seven times, received two American Jurisprudence Awards and was an associate on the law review.

He served on the Charlevoix Board of Education for eight years, six as president, on the Charlevoix Schools Foundation, on the City of Charlevoix Planning Commission and the Charlevoix Schools District Steering Committee.

Allen is also the play-by-play announcer for broadcasts of Charlevoix High School football and basketball, coached baseball for over 20 years, including 12 as Charlevoix High School varsity baseball coach and is currently the varsity baseball coach at Boyne Falls Public Schools.

He was named Charlevoix County News Coach of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Allen also has served as an adjunct professor at North Central Michigan College.

Allen is also a trained mediator and arbitrator, mediating local disputes and hearing and deciding cases for the New York Stock Exchange and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Before moving to Charlevoix in 1994, Allen was involved in his hometown community of Clio. There he served three years on the school board and was the president and co-founder of the Clio Area Educational Foundation (now known as the Clio Area Education Fund). He was recognized in 1999 as the Clio Area High School Alumnus of the Year.



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Mark Muniak, Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
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muniakm@charlevoixcounty.org

Mark has been with the Prosecuting Attorney's Office since 2005. He was promoted to Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in 2013. Mark handles all types of cases in the office, including the vast majority of the misdemeanor prosecutions.

Prior to joining the office, Mark was a sole practitioner in the city of Charlevoix. Mark received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the University of Toledo.

Mark is a fitness fanatic and a well versed musician. He is an accomplished runner, often participating in local competitions. In the winter Mark enjoys cross country skiing, and participates in the White Pine Stampede. He enjoys a variety of music from classical to country. On the weekends Mark plays in two different bands, rocking out on the keyboard.


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Kerry Zahner, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Kerry

zahnerk@charlevoixcounty.org

Kerry rejoined the prosecuting attorney's office in April 2017, having worked there previously as an assistant prosecuting attorney from 1999 to 2004. She also prosecuted domestic violence cases in Charlevoix County (as well as other counties) as a Special Assistant Attorney General and Special Prosecuting Attorney from 2008 to 2013.She also has served as attorney magistrate for the 90th District Court.

A graduate of The Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio and Michigan State University (with honors), Kerry also is a graduate of Charlevoix High School.

Kerry prosecutes a variety of matters in the prosecuting attorney's office, but her particular area of expertise is in the prosecution of domestic violence matters.

In her spare time, Kerry enjoys spending time with her family, watching her children's activities, being outdoors and camping.


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Caitlin Borchard, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
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borchardc@charlevoixcounty.org

Caitlin specializes in the prosecution of criminal sexual conduct cases. She joined the office in May 2017.

Prior to joining the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Caitlin served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Saginaw County since 2012.

Caitlin graduated from Alma College with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication and from the Michigan State University College of Law where she participated in the Trial Practice Institute.

While in law school, Caitlin served as an extern for Justice Maura D. Corrigan of the Michigan Supreme Court and the Saginaw County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.


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