Prosecuting Attorneys

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Ryan Ziegler
Prosecuting Attorney 

Ryan grew up in Macomb County and attended Eastern Michigan University, earning a bachelor's of science in Philosophy and Political Science.  He moved to Indiana for three years and received a law degree from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University.  After graduating in 2014, he moved back to Michigan and became the law clerk for the 46th Circuit Court, doing legal research for Judge Janet Allen and Judge George Mertz. Ryan began working as Assistant Prosecutor in 2017, and has worked for the Kalkaska prosecutor's office ever since. In 2021, when former prosecutor Mike Perreault left to pursue a career in aviation, Ryan was appointed as Kalkaska Prosecutor. He has since been elected County Prosecutor in 2022. 

Ryan coached the Gaylord St. Mary's High School Mock Trial team from 2014 to 2017, taking them to three consecutive state championships. He also teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at NMC's Police Academy. 

Matthew Benedict
Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

With a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and a JD from Cooley Law, Matthew Benedict has been practicing law since 2001. He has experience in a wide variety of areas, including several years practicing criminal defense in Grand Traverse County.  He joined the Kalkaska County Prosecutor's Office in 2024.