Engler Praises Bush Administration for Nomination of Collins & Chiara as U.S. Attorneys in Michigan: Governor urges Senators Levin & Stabenow to move quickly

Contact: Susan Shafer (517) 335-6397

September 7, 2001


Governor John Engler today praised the Bush Administration for nominating Judge Jeffrey Collins and Margaret-Mary Chiara to serve as U.S. attorneys in the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, respectively.


"President Bush has chosen two excellent individuals from diverse backgrounds to nominate as U.S. Attorneys in Michigan," said Governor Engler. "Highly esteemed within the legal community, with exceptional reputations for diligence and integrity, Judge Collins and Ms. Chiara have stellar credentials for these important leadership positions and strong backgrounds in law enforcement. Michigan is exceedingly fortunate to have two high-caliber lawyers nominated to in the significant and prestigious role of United State Attorney. I urge Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow to expedite their confirmations in the U.S. Senate, particularly since both positions are in a caretaker status since the departure of the Clinton appointees."


Judge Jeffrey Collins, of Detroit, was appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 1998 by Governor Engler. Previously, he served as a Wayne County Circuit Court and Detroit Recorder’s Court judge. He also served in private practice, specializing in criminal law.


Collins earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Northwestern University and his juris doctor degree from Howard University School of Law, where he

graduated cum laude. A member of the State Bar of Michigan and past president

of the Association of Black Judges of Michigan, Collins also has served as a member of the State Community Corrections Board, the Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence and the Governor’s Task Force on Children’s Justice. He is a mentor in the Man-to-Man Mentoring Program through Paul Robeson Academy and is a deacon at the Plymouth United Church of Christ.


Margaret-Mary Chiara, of East Lansing, has served as the policy and planning director in the Office of the Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. Previously, she served as an administrator for the Trial Court Assessment Commission, created by the Michigan Legislature. Chiara was appointed as Cass County’s prosecutor in 1987 and was elected twice thereafter.

She earned a bachelor of science degree from Fordham University, a master’s degree in education administration from Pace University in New York, and a juris doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law in 1979. Past president of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, she also served on that organization’s board of directors from 1988 to 1996.


Chiara is a member of the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice and previously served as a member of the State Board of Community Corrections. From 1981 to 1992, she served as director and chair of Twin County Community Corrections Probation Center, a not-for-profit residential program that serves non-violent felony offenders in Cass and St. Joseph counties.