Washtenaw County’s prosecutor’s office is about to undergo a major shakeup. Friday is the first day on the job for new county prosecutor Eli Savit.
Savit won a three-way primary in August, before running unopposed in November’s general election.
During his campaign, Savit promised to end cash bail, eliminate zero-tolerance policies and put rehabilitation ahead of incarceration.
Savit wants Washtenaw County to serve as an example to the rest of Michigan.
“We’re looking to borrow ideas that have been proven to work elsewhere. And we’re looking to implement them right here in Washtenaw County,” Savit said. “The data is there and we need to focus on what works, not just on what’s been done for a very long time,” he added.
Savit is replacing longtime prosecutor Brian Mackie, who stepped down after nearly 30 years in office.