Employee Recognition For Quality Service

3rd Quarter 2017 - Recognized Employee

Employee Recognition - Dan Helmer

At Kent County, providing quality service to our customers is our number one priority. Our mission is to be an effective and efficient steward in delivering quality services for our diverse community. Our priority is to provide mandated services, which may be enhanced and supplemented by additional services to improve the quality of life for all of our citizens within the constraints of sound fiscal policy.

Daniel (Dan) Helmer, with the Kent County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, is recognized as the Kent County Quality Service Employee of the 3rd Quarter of 2017 for helping to fulfill Kent County’s mission by providing quality service to the citizens of Kent County. The individual who nominated Dan wrote:

"Dan spoke at our Michigan State Police Citizen's (MSP) Academy Post 61, and did an awesome job explaining so many facets of the prosecutor’s office in layman’s lingo. We could have listened to him for hours!"

In addition, Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker states “Dan has been very involved with citizen police academy presentations. Not only has he done one for MSP, he also presented for the Kent County Sheriff and the Lowell Police Department in their citizen police academy programs. In addition to this outreach work for the office, Dan is vitally important to the prosecutor’s office in assisting with technology issues. He is the point of contact with the Grand Rapids Police Department regarding body camera technology; how it is shared with the office, how we share those videos with defense lawyers and how we present it to a jury. He has taught for the Prosecuting Attorney Association of Michigan statewide; he is a teacher at the video trial school each year, instructing prosecutors across the state as how to properly use technology in the courtroom. He was the person responsible for putting together diverse body camera and in-car videos regarding two police involved shooting incidents here in Kent County for dissemination to the press and public. He consistently does over and above what is asked or required of him in working for the office.”

Number of years employed by Kent County: 5 years, 10 months. I started as an unpaid intern my last term of law school and continued while I waited for my bar exam results.

Hardest thing I've ever done: Losing my dad. When I was a junior at MSU, he got cancer. I dropped everything and moved back home to be with him. For the next 8 months, I watched the strongest, smartest man I knew waste away. I was 21. It was hard watching that, losing him, and not having him here now for advice.

Three people (alive or dead) I’d invite to dinner: My dad, my friend, Senior Attorney Robin Eslinger (who passed away last year), and my grandpa (who died when I was 12).

Surprised to learn: I grew up in the most beautiful city in all of Michigan – Marquette. I’m a Yooper!

Thing I like the most about working for Kent County: Every day, I get to use my degree to protect the community and serve the public. I love being in the courtroom, but I really enjoy interacting with and serving our community.

As a prosecutor, it’s not my job just to convict people of crimes – but do justice. Whether that’s prosecuting someone, giving a plea offer, even dismissing a case, - my job is to do what is right, and what is fair. Some days I can’t believe I get paid to do this!

Please join us in congratulating Dan for earning Kent County’s Employee Recognition for Quality Service Award.  If you know a Kent County employee who is deserving of this recognition, please complete a nomination form at www.accesskent.com/qualityservice or on the Kent County intranet.