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, Mr. Hilson moved to Michigan and started law school in Lansing at the Thomas Cooley Law School. While in law school, DJ Hilson 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 over 80 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. Mr. Hilson 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. Mr. Hilson is a member of several local community boards including the Child Abuse Council (President), Drug Free Coalition of Muskegon (Vice-Chair), Alliance for Mrijuana Prevention (AMP) (Chair), Social Justice Commission, Mediation and Restorative Services, Alcohol Liability Initiative (Past-Chair), Boys and Girls Club of Muskegon (President of the Board), Muskegon Catholic Central Board of Trustees, and the School to Prison Pipeline Task Force. DJ Hilson was the 2013-14 Past President of the Muskegon County Bar Association. In his first year in office, Mr. Hilson was elected to the Board of Directors for the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan where he currently serves on the Drug Initiative Committee (Chair), the Legislative Committee (Vice Chair) and the Corrections Committee. In August of 2015, DJ was voted to join the Executive Committee of PAAM and now currently serves as its Vice-President. In April of 2015, DJ Hilson was appointed by Governor Snyder to represent PAAM and all Michigan County Prosecutors on the Criminal Justice Policy Commission. Mr. Hilson also works in the Muskegon school community working with all districts on truancy and social media issues. In 2016 Mr. Hilson took over overseeing the middle school Crime Prevention Program once run by the Muskegon Exchange Club. You can hear his bi-weekly radio show on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 5pm on 103.7 The Beat. Mr. Hilson also makes a weekly appearance every Tuesday morning at 8am on AM 1090 Talking Muskegon. DJ Hilson is happily married to his wife Tricia and has been blessed with two sons and a daughter.
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.