320 N. Main Sreet Suite 300

Ann Arbor, MI 48104


James A. Fink

206 S. Washington St.

Ypsilanti, MI  48197

(734) 483-6785 (H)

(734) 994-1077 (W)

(734) 276-6106 (C)




Born October 31, 1955, Ypsilanti, MI

Married Elizabeth Collins, May 7, 1982

 Six children: Elizabeth, 28; Andrew, 26; Samuel, 24; James, 21; Isaiah, 18; Phoebe, 12 • Two grandchildren: Evangeline, 2; Andrew, 8 months




June 1987 Detroit College of Law J.D., summa cum laude  Academic Honors: • ABA Section on Urban, State and Local Government Book Award • Am Jur Book Awards (highest grade in class)  o Property I and II o Evidence o Professional Responsibility o Criminal Procedure • Staff Member, Detroit College of Law Review, 1985-86 • Philip C. Baker Award for Academic Achievement, 1984-85 academic year


June 1983 Eastern Michigan University Bachelor of Science criminal justice




2008 - PRESENT Fink & Valvo, PLLC - Attorney at Law  General practice including: o Civil litigation o Misdemeanor criminal defense o Municipal law o Real estate o Commercial transactions o Small business representation o Landlord-tenant matters 1998 – 2008 Reach, Reach, Fink & Valvo, P.C. – Attorney at Law General civil practice including: o Litigation o Landlord-tenant matters o Real estate o Commercial transactions o Municipal liability

James A. Fink


o Zoning 1977 –1998 Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department  • Commander (1995-1998) • First Lieutenant (1987-95) • Administrative Sergeant (1986-87) • Sergeant (1985-86) • Deputy Sheriff (1978-85) • Corrections Officer (1978) • Marine Deputy (1977) Duties included: o Administration of Police Services Division of Sheriff's Department (approximately 150 employees) o Delivery of services to all areas of county dependent on Sheriff's Department for police services o Responding to requests under the Freedom of Information Act o Acting as liaison with Office of Corporation Counsel to arrange legal advice for the sheriff and department o Serving as law clerk to Office of Corporation Counsel o Conduct internal investigations into alleged employee misconduct and recommend course of action and disposition o Policy formulation, analysis and revision o Management of police contracts with municipalities o Management of Criminal Investigations Section (detectives) o Supervision of patrol deputies and dispatchers performing shift work


1976-77 Eastern Michigan University Police Department - Police Officer, Dispatcher (1976-77)




1999-Present Washtenaw Area Apartment Association – Presenter, Annual Landlord-Tenant Seminars


1996-97 Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan -  Instructor, Personal Protection Order Seminars conducted throughout the state


1993-97 Washtenaw Community College - Instructor, Department of Natural Resources Parks Officer Academy.  Instructor for Parks Officer Law and Authority, Criminal Law, Search and Seizure, Evidence, Admissions and Confessions


1988 Washtenaw Community College - Instructor, Correctional Institutions


PUBLICATIONS Co-author, Michigan Criminal Law and Procedure, Michigan Sheriff's Association, 1998



PROFESSIONAL TRAINING  Supervisory / Management / Adminsitrative


1990 Criminal Justice Management Institute Executive Development for Criminal Justice Managers


1988 Northwestern University Traffic Institute 24th School of Police Staff and Command


1985-1996 Numerous seminars and updates on labor issues, personnel law, conducting oralboards, supervision, managing traffic services units, etc.




Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department  • Distinguished Service Award, Meritorious Service Award, • Administrative/Professional Excellence Award, Unit Citation Award


Ann Arbor (MI) Police Department • Unit Citation Award


Domestic Violence Project/SAFE House • Distinguished Service Award


Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North • Citizen of the Year 1998


Washtenaw Area Apartment Association • Chapter President’s Award 2010




State Bar of Michigan (Fellow, State Bar of Michigan Foundation) • Washtenaw County Bar Association • Ypsilanti Bar Association • Michigan Tactical Officers' Association (former member) • Command Officers Association of Michigan (former member)


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2011-Present Chair, 1999-2003


Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board

Nov. 2010-Present City of Ypsilanti Charter Commission (elected)


2006-Present; 19972003  Board Chair,  2008-2010


Dawn Farm Board of Trustees

2008-2011 Legislative Committee Co-Chair, 2008-2011


Washtenaw Area Apartment Association Board of Directors


2008-2010 Hope Clinic (Ypsilanti) Capital Campaign Committee


1999-2003 Board of Elders,  2010-Present


St. Luke Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor - Church Council


2007-2008 Salvation Army Staples Center Festive Affair Board


1996-1999 City of Ypsilanti Human Relations Commission


 Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Training Council / Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board (DVPTB) Training Curriculum and Model Policy Committees


 MDVPTB / Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan Personal Protection Order Implementation Committee


 Michigan Judicial Institute Sexual Assault Benchbook Review Committee


 Catholic Social Services Alternatives to Domestic Aggression Advisory Board