D.J. Hilson, Muskegon County Prosecutor
DJ Hilson was born and raised in Wisconsin. He attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated in 1994 with a double major in Psychology and Economics. After college, DJ moved to Denver, Colorado and worked at a small litigation law firm. In 1996, DJ moved to Michigan and started law school in Lansing at the Thomas Cooley Law School. While in law school, DJ interned for several semesters at the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office where he discovered his passion for public service and criminal trial work. DJ graduated with honors from Thomas Cooley Law School in May of 1999 and was offered a position as an assistant prosecutor in Muskegon County in June of that same year.
During his thirteen years as an assistant prosecutor, DJ Hilson handled cases in the district court, circuit court, and family court. Overall he has tried approximately 70 felony cases including several murders, violent assaults, and criminal sexual conduct cases. After a month on the job as an assistant prosecutor, Mr. Hilson was offered to join the drug unit of the office, where he assisted the local drug enforcement agencies with search warrants, drug forfeitures, and confidential informant issues.
In August of 2012, DJ Hilson won the primary election for prosecutor and on January 3, 2013, he was officially sworn into office. DJ continues to work in the courtroom and is very active in the community. He is a member of Muskegon Rotary, Prince of Peace Knights of Columbus Council 15337, Fraternal Order of Police, and the Muskegon Heights Optimist Club. DJ is a member of several local community boards including the Child Abuse Council (President), Drug Free Coalition of Muskegon (Vice-Chair), Marijuana Prevention Task Force (Chair), Social Justice Commission, Mediation and Restorative Services, Alcohol Liability Initiative, Girls and Boys Club of Muskegon, and the School to Prison Pipeline Task Force. DJ Hilson is the 2013-14 Past President of the Muskegon County Bar Association. In his first year in office, DJ was elected to the Board of Directors for the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan where he currently serves on the Corrections Committee and is Vice Chair of the Medical Marijuana Committee. DJ also works in the community by attending local monthly neighborhood association meetings and works with the Muskegon Exchange Club by attending local middle schools for the Exchange Club’s Crime Prevention Program. For the last five years, DJ has been a den leader for Cub Scout Pack 4056.
DJ Hilson has dedicated his professional career to public service and believes that being actively involved in the community is an important part of service to the public. Mr. Hilson truly believes that it is an honor and privilege to serve the people of Muskegon County as its Prosecutor.