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Solicitor General Hammoud Selects Internal Chief Investigator for Flint Criminal Cases

LANSING – Weeks after taking the lead on the Flint water crisis criminal cases, Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud has selected a career law enforcement officer as the team’s new chief investigator.

Jeff Seipenko, a member of the Attorney General’s Flint investigative team for three years, replaces Andy Arena, who had been appointed by former Attorney General Bill Schuette as chief investigator in the Flint Water Investigation.  Hammoud relieved Arena of his assignment earlier this week.

Seipenko has been imbedded as the only certified law enforcement officer with the Flint Water Investigative Team since its inception. During that time, Seipenko has served as the Officer in Charge of all currently charged cases.

“Jeff Seipenko possesses the institutional knowledge and experience required to manage and direct all future investigative assets to bring these cases to conclusion,” said Hammoud.  “It is important that we strengthen our internal team with certified law enforcement officers from within our department as we move forward with criminal prosecutions.”

Special Agent Seipenko has more than 32 years of law enforcement experience, including 29 years with the Dearborn Heights Police Department. He retired there with the rank of Captain, leading the Investigative Services Division.  During his career, Seipenko has successfully led narcotic and surveillance teams, detective units, special operations and internal affairs investigations.  Seipanko has decades of specialized investigative experience where he has managed and directed complex criminal investigations.

“We are committed to bringing justice to the people of Flint,” said Hammoud.  “There is nothing more important to Attorney General Dana Nessel and to me than to bring these cases home.”