By LISA M. REED
IRON MOUNTAIN - As a new assistant prosecutor for Dickinson County, Christopher Petrick is looking forward to helping residents and becoming a part of the community.
Petrick, a native of Plymouth-Canton, was recently hired as a part-time assistant prosecuting attorney for Dickinson County.
"I am liking it here so far. I am accustomed to it as my father grew up here, so it is not a culture shock," he said of the smaller community.
Petrick's father is Edward Petrick, formerly of Bark River. He also has an uncle who is an officer with Gladstone Public Safety, and other family members live in the U.P.
Petrick said he is excited to help the community, become a part of it and help its residents.
"I would like to give back to the community where my father grew up and wherever there is crime and wherever people need help," Petrick said.
The 25-year-old is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University. He completed law school in three years at the University of Detroit Mercy and passed the Michigan bar exam in November of last year.
The summer after his first year of law school, Petrick was a clerk for a judge and spent time with a state prosecutor.
"I watched him in trial, and realized I wanted to be a court room and not behind a desk," Petrick said. "It was a great experience, and I knew that's what I wanted to do."
Petrick also worked with a mortgage auditing firm that dealt with mortgages in the secondary market when he was in undergraduate.
"This was the job that essentially made me want to go to law school. I saw the attorneys at the mortgage foreclosure firm, and wanted to do what they did," he said.
He worked from May 2010 to May 2012 at the Wayne County Prosecutors Office.
With his parents leaving the Detroit area for Traverse City, Petrick said it made sense to take a job in the U.P.
"It's a new learning process and takes a little bit of time with a short adjustment phase," Petrick said. "I am learning new crimes and working with a new group of attorneys and judges and liking it so far."
Petrick replaces Stephanie Brule.
Brule is the former prosecuting attorney who filled in as an assistant for Richards until a new assistant was hired.
Lisa Richards became the Dickinson County Prosecuting Attorney on Jan. 1. Carl Downing is the Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, and Kristin Kass is a full-time assistant prosecuting attorney.
Lana Mortel and Julia Maloney are legal secretaries.
The office manager/legal secretary is Diane F. Loch.
Lisa M. Reed's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org