Former Sen. Peter Lucido sworn in as Macomb County prosecutor

Peter Lucido replaces Eric Smith

MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – Monday marks the first day of a new era in the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.

Former state Sen. Peter Lucido took over as prosecutor, replacing disgraced prosecutor Eric Smith.

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It was nearly two years ago when Michigan State Police investigators seized computers and banking records as part of its investigation into Smith. Then they raided Smith’s home, seizing a security system among other things.

Smith has been charged by federal prosecutors with obstruction of justice after the investigation that started with the use of forfeiture funds and campaign accounts for office parties and other non-law-enforcement purposes.

Lucido took his oath of office bright and early Monday morning and then the 58 assistant prosecutors who will work for him took theirs.

Many of the assistants worked for Smith. Lucido said he wanted to heal reputational wounds and also remind everyone that it’s the taxpayer they really serve.

Lucido said he intends to meet with everyone in the office and do an assessment of who is doing what and who might be better suited elsewhere. Lucido said he wants the office to move forward anew.

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