Experience counts when choosing someone to oversee the prosecution of criminal cases in Jackson County. It is important to understand how the office works and to enter this position without need for a steep learning curve. Criminal justice does not wait while there's a change in leadership in this office.
We feel Jarzynka meets the standard for the job of prosecutor. He tries criminal cases, knows the players in the court system and is supported by outgoing Prosecutor Hank Zavislak. Jarzynka also is universally described as well-liked, perhaps not an easy reputation to establish in a profession that deals with controversial cases.
It is important, too, that Jarzynka is backed by Sheriff Steven Rand and this community's law-enforcement organizations. The prosecutor's office works intimately with police, and there must be a two-way relationship built on respect and trust. That relationship has been strained in recent years, and the next prosecutor will have to mend fences.
Jerry Jarzynka has received the endorsement of the City of Jackson Police Officers Union after an overwhelming majority of members voted to endorse him for Jackson County Prosecutor.
"I am very honored and thankful for the City of Jackson Police Officers Union endorsement of my candidacy for Jackson County Prosecutor," said Jarzynka. "As Prosecutor, I will have a strong, working relationship with local law enforcement to help fight crime and protect the citizens of Jackson County."
Jarzynka has also received the endorsements of other local law enforcement officers including Spring Arbor Township Police Chief Russ Ratkiewicz, Springport Township Police Chief Dave Luce and Waterloo Township Police Chief Tom Cottrell.
Jerry Jarzynka was the lone endorsement of the Right to Life of Michigan PAC in the Republican Primary for Jackson County Prosecutor.
“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of Right to Life of Michigan,” Jarzynka said. “I take pride in my steadfast support for the sanctity of life and my ties with the faith community.”
In order to receive the endorsement from Right to Life of Michigan, a local committee of pro-life activists met in Jackson to interview the Prosecutor candidates. The committee then sent a recommendation to the RTLM on whether to endorse a candidate.