Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2019
Gov. Whitmer Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today announced the following appointments to the Michigan Community Corrections Board and the Criminal Justice Policy Commission.
Michigan Community Corrections Board
Jennifer C. Janetsky, of Flushing, is the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Prosecutor for the city of Flint with the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office. Ms. Janetsky is appointed to succeed William P. Nichols who resigned effective January 1, 2019, to represent county prosecutors for a term expiring March 31, 2021.
Anna R. Kohn, of Detroit, is the Chief Impact Officer for RecoveryPark non-profit organization. Ms. Kohn is appointed to succeed Daniel Lathrop whose term expired March 31, 2019, to represent the general public for a term expiring March 31, 2023.
Jake W. Smith, of Battle Creek, is a Calhoun County commissioner and a business analyst with Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health. Commissioner Smith is appointed to succeed Hugh Crawford whose term expired March 31, 2019, to represent county commissioners for a term expiring March 31, 2023.
L. Paul Bailey, of Berrien Center, is the Sheriff of Berrien County. Sheriff Bailey is reappointed to represent county sheriffs for a term expiring March 31, 2023.
The Michigan Community Corrections Board advises the director of the Michigan Department of Corrections in developing goals, criteria and guidelines for local governments in establishing community corrections programs and in determining grant guidelines for Comprehensive Corrections Plans. These plans are intended to provide safe, cost-effective alternatives to incarceration.
These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Criminal Justice Policy Commission
Ronald Bretz, of Lansing, is a Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Law at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a member of the Thomas M. Cooley School Innocence Project Commission. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School. Mr. Bretz is appointed to fill a vacancy representing the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan for a term expiring March 1, 2023.
Dr. Amanda K. Burgess-Proctor, of Royal Oak, is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Program at Oakland University. She earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. Dr. Burgess-Proctor is appointed to succeed Bruce Caswell whose term expired March 1, 2019, to represent the general public for a term expiring March 1, 2023. Dr. Burgess-Proctor has also been designated as Chairperson for a term expiring at the pleasure of the Governor.
Charles G. Goedert, of Ferndale, is a judge in the 43rd District Court in Hazel Park. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Judge Goedert is appointed to succeed Judge Raymond Voet whose term expired March 1, 2019, to represent the Michigan District Judges Association for a term expiring March 1, 2023.
Michelle T. LaJoye-Young, of Alto, is the Kent County Sheriff. Sheriff LaJoye-Young is appointed to succeed Larry Stelma who resigned effective December 31, 2018, to represent the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association for a term expiring March 1, 2021.
Kenneth B. Mitchell, of Lansing, is a Clinton County Commissioner. Commissioner Mitchell is appointed to succeed Sarah Lightner whose term expired March 1, 2018, to represent the Michigan Association of Counties for a term expiring March 1, 2022.
The Criminal Justice Policy Commission collects, prepares, analyzes, and disseminates information regarding state and local sentencing and proposed release policies and practices for felonies and the use of prisons and jails. The Commission collects and analyzes information concerning how misdemeanor sentences and the detention of defendants pending trial affect local jails. The Commission also conducts ongoing research regarding the effectiveness of the sentencing guidelines, and in cooperation with the Department of Corrections, collects, analyzes, and compiles data and makes projections regarding the populations and capacities of state and local correctional facilities, the impact of the sentencing guidelines and other laws, rules, and policies on those populations and capacities, and the effectiveness of efforts to reduce recidivism.
These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.