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Snyder names college student to Committee on Juvenile Justice

Gov. Rick Snyder last week announced the appointment of Michael Reynolds, of Detroit, to the Committee on Juvenile Justice.

Created by Executive Order 2012-1, the 15-member committee advises the Governor on juvenile justice issues and guides effective implementation of juvenile justice policies and programs.

“Strong and healthy youth and families and safe communities are essential, and I am confident Michael will help advance these goals through his service,” Snyder said.

Reynolds presented at the White House regarding the status of education reform as part of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. He has interned with Focus: HOPE and the Detroit Athletic Club. Reynolds is a graduate of Loyola High School and is currently attending Western Michigan University. He represents members who have been or are currently under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system and under the age of 24 at the time of appointment and fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Austin Schmidt.

Reynolds will serve the remainder of a three-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2017. His appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.


Gov. Snyder appoints two to Crime Victim Services Commission

Gov. Rick Snyder last week announced the appointments of Karen Hall, of Roseville, and Brian Mackie, of Ann Arbor, to the Crime Victim Services Commission.

The Commission oversees the Crime Victim Compensation Program, which helps pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses, grief counseling, lost earnings, funeral bills, and crime scene cleanup to eligible crime victims who may have suffered a physical injury. The commission also manages certain state and federal victim assistance grants.

Hall is the director of victim services for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.  She has worked with the prosecutor’s office since 1999 in various capacities and previously served as a domestic violence counselor with the Detroit Police Department/Rape Counseling Center. Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in family life education from Spring Arbor College and a master’s degree in public administration from Central Michigan University. She represents community based victim advocates and Democrats and replaces Emily McIntyre.

Mackie is currently the prosecuting attorney of Washtenaw County. He previously served as assistant counsel at the Attorney Grievance Commission of Michigan, as the assistant prosecuting attorney in Washtenaw County, and in private practice concentrating in criminal defense. Mackie earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Eastern Michigan University and a law degree from Wayne State University. He represents county prosecuting attorneys and Democrats and replaces Brian Peppler. 

Appointees will serve three-year terms expiring Sept. 27, 2018. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.