Becker to run for Kent Co. prosecutor

A courtesy photo of Kent County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Chris Becker.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Kent County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Chris Becker says he will run for county prosecutor.

After decades in office, Prosecutor William Forsyth announced last week that he will retire at the end of the year. Becker said Monday he would seek the job when Forsyth’s tenure is up.

During his time with the prosecutor’s office, Becker has handled more than 170 felony trials, earning convictions in some of Kent County’s most high-profile cases. He has been the county’s chief assistant prosecutor for five years, during which time he has been responsible for day-to-day operations of a staff of 33 attorneys and a $7 million budget.

“Our campaign motto will be, ‘Tested, Trusted, and Tough on Crime,'” Becker said in a statement. “Tested because I have a vast experience handling many different types of cases; from drunk driving to rape and murder I’ve been involved in a lot of different cases in my career. Trusted because I believe if you ask anyone in the court system I have a reputation for fairness and honesty in all that I do. Tough on crime because it is always a priority to keep Kent County safe and hold those who have broken the law responsible for their actions.”

Becker is an East Kentwood High School graduate, received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and then attended the Valparaiso University School of Law.

He will run for prosecutor as a Republican.

**Correction: An earlier version of this article stated Becker graduated from East Grand Rapids High School. He actually graduated from East Kentwood High School.

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