Meet the Tribal Prosecutor

Dave DeBack is the Tribal Prosecutor at the Gun Lake Tribal Court. He comes to us after working in the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office for almost 30 years. In that position he worked in all of the divisions - Appellate, Family Court, District Court, Special Prosecutions and Circuit Court Trial Division. He has been an adjunct instructor at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and for the National District Attorney’s Association/American Prosecutor’s Research Institute. While working with the NDAA he taught Community Based Prosecution classes around the country. Dave also served as the DOJ Project Safe Neighborhood Gun Prosecutor while at the Kalamazoo OPA.

Dave attended Western Michigan University obtaining a degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice, Jackson Community College to obtain a police certification and Thomas Cooley Law School to obtain his Juries Doctorate. While studying at Cooley he attended two foreign study programs in Europe. Dave’s education and experience assure that he will be a great asset to the Gun Lake Tribal Court.

The Tribal Prosecutor is responsible for working with the Public Safety Department to provide current best practices in law enforcement. This includes review of recent case law and court cases and presenting Public Safety cases to the Tribal Court. In representing Gun Lake Tribe interests in these cases the Tribal Prosecutor meets with those charged in a pre-trial conference seeking to resolve cases in advance of a trial. The Tribal Prosecutor is also responsible for working with the Tribal Court in developing a responsive, open, fair and expeditious Tribal Criminal Justice System.