Jessica Cooper has streamlined prosecution operations, eliminating waste and duplication so that the citizens of Oakland County realized over $10 million dollars in savings during her administration.


Because of her strong leadership, during Oakland County's financial crisis and during her first administration, OCPO’s Assistant Prosecutors voluntarily took 4% pay cuts contributing back hundreds of thousands of dollars to Oakland County’s general fund while maintaining the same high degree of productivity and courtroom success.

Currently, she has obtained $1.9 million dollars in federal performance incentive payments to Oakland County through her Family Support Division.

She  aggressively pursues property forfeitures from drug dealers, through her Economic Recovery Section, recovering; over $3 million dollars on behalf of the citizens of Oakland County.


She has personally visited our schools county wide, speaking to thousands of students about computer safety, sexting, bullying and drug and alcohol abuse.

She speaks to dozens and dozens of citizens’ groups county-wide to emphasize and educate on crime prevention and deterrence in important areas like identity theft, computer safety, elder abuse and drug and alcohol abuse.

She has established and maintained excellent working relations with, and coordination between, Oakland County police agencies, federal authorities and the OCPO to ensure the most effective crime deterrence, prevention, detection and prosecution for the citizens of Oakland County.

Under her strong leadership, the OCPO regularly conducts county-wide continuing education seminars for hundreds of Oakland County police officers, keeping them properly trained and updated.

Under her strong leadership, OCPO regularly supplies Assistant Prosecutors to the Oakland County Police Academy as teachers to train and educate a new generation of career police officers on the state of the law.


Based on Prosecutor Jessica Cooper’s extensive experience in the courtroom and her extensive teaching experience, she has instituted intense, low cost, in-house training for trial prosecutors to boost the quality of litigation as well as trial conviction rates.

She has refocused the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office (OCPO) onto prosecuting and far away from politics. She has made integrity, ethics and the pursuit of justice in each case the highest priority.

She has established a coordinated approach to all prosecutions by improving inter-division communication and maximizing the use of all expertise in the office.

She has regularly taken aggressive leadership roles and stances to proactively protect the public by leading the state in strenuously opposing early and presumptive parole release of violent criminals.

She aggressively pursues cold case homicides and has obtained convictions on the following:

  • Nolan George, 1968 Homicide, Guilty of 1st Degree Murder

  • Wilburn Cooper, 1978 Homicide, Guilty of 1st Degree Murder

  • William Hess, 1979 Homicide, Guilty of 1st Degree Murder

  • Darrell Castle, 1979 Homicide, Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder

  • Walter Hardeman, 1985 Homicide, Guilty of 1st Degree Murder

  • David Tweed, 1986 Homicide, Guilty of 1st Degree Murder
  • Robert Simpson, 1987 Homicide, Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder
  • Billy Joe Bennett, 1988 Homicide, Guilty of 1st Degree Murder

  • Melvin Wofford, 1994 Homicide, Guilty of 1st Degree Murder

  • Robert Nowak, 2001 Homicide, Guilty of 1st Degree Murder

She aggressively pursues drunk driving prosecutions, especially by establishing a no plea bargain policy for drunk driving third offenses.

She aggressively protects the welfare of children over the course of her administration, so far obtaining more than 5,000 court orders requiring payment of millions of dollars in child support and has aggressively pursued “dead beat” parents through the Family Support Division; so far issuing nearly 200 felony warrants for nonpayment of child support and obtaining millions of dollars in ordered child support and arrearages owed.

Under her strong leadership, the OCPO has maintained an aggressive, tough and highly successful approach to prosecution, while using far fewer resources at enormous savings to the citizens of Oakland County.