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Public Defender

Ottawa County has launched its Public Defender Office with the hiring of Robert Hamilton in October 2018. In 2013, the Michigan legislature created the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) after an advisory commission recommended improvements to the state’s legal system. The MIDC works to ensure the state’s public defense system is fair, cost-effective and constitutional while simultaneously protecting public safety and accountability.

At the end of 2017, each Michigan county was required to submit to the MIDC a plan for compliance with the first four approved minimum standards for indigent criminal defense services. A final plan for Ottawa County was approved in June 2018. The new Public Defender Office will become fully operational by April 2019.

If you are interested in working in the new Public Defender Office, please check our Employment Opportunities web page frequently.

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For more information about the MIDC, please visit the MIDC website.


1111 Fulton Street
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Phone: (616) 846-8399
Fax: (616) 846-8377

  • Robert C. Hamilton, Public Defender
  • Philip R. Sielski, First Assistant Public Defender
  • Christine Tober, Assistant Public Defender III
  • Ryan Seale, Assistant Public Defender II
  • Christopher Langholz, Assistant Public Defender I
  • Jonathan Pyle, Assistant Public Defender I
  • Patrick Kolehouse, Assistant Public Defender I
  • Emily Dykhuizen, Assistant Public Defender I
  • Jeanna Johnson, Office Coordinator
  • Melissa Payton, Legal Assistant II | (616) 846-8399
  • Mackenzie Breckler, Legal Assistant I (616) 846-8396


12185 James Street, Suite 170
Holland, MI 49424
Phone: (616) 393-4425
Fax: (616) 393-4479

  • Robert C. Hamilton, Public Defender
  • Nichole Jongsma-Derks, First Assistant Public Defender
  • Eduardo Velazquez, Assistant Public Defender III
  • Anna C. White, Assistant Public Defender III
  • Abraham Gonzales, Assistant Public Defender II
  • Brandon Barthelemy, Assistant Public Defender II
  • Laura Helderop, Assistant Public Defender I
  • Matthew Hall, Assistant Public Defender I
  • Jeanna Johnson, Office Coordinator
  • Andrea Mendoza, Legal Assistant II | (616) 393-4425
  • Deborah Parker, Legal Assistant I | (616) 393-4428