Mr. Rettig is a graduate of Western Michigan University, receiving his BS in Political Science/Public Law, cum laude, in 1986. He was conferred a Juris Doctorate degree from the Wayne State University Law School in 1989. During law school, Mr. Rettig served as an intern in the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Presque Isle County, Michigan. Immediately after graduating from law school, Mr. Rettig was appointed Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Presque Isle County.
In 1991, Mr. Rettig was appointed Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the County of Midland, handling all facets of criminal prosecution, including felonies, misdemeanors, juvenile delinquency and neglect and abuse petitions, appeals at level levels. Mr. Rettig was the designated attorney for IV-D services in Midland County, assisting citizens in obtaining child support orders and reimbursement for public assistance.
In 2001, Mr. Rettig entered private practice and became a Shareholder in the firm of Joseph T. Barberi, P.C. During his tenure with the firm, Mr. Rettig represented thousands of individuals in both criminal and civil matters and gathered wide respect as an able litigator and vigorous advocate.
In 2015, Mr. Rettig returned to the Midland County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, being appointed by Prosecuting Attorney J. Dee Brooks as the Chief Assistant Prosecutor.
In his years of practice, Mr. Rettig has been recognized for outstanding ability and distinguished ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell. He has received recognition for his service by the Michigan Prosecuting Attorneys Association, as well as being name Prosecutor of the Year by the Michigan Family Support Council in 1995. Mr. Rettig has served as a faculty member for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Coordinating Council and the Prosecuting Attorney Association of Michigan on numerous occasions, and has presented on issues of paternity establishment and criminal enforcement of child support to the Michigan Family Support Council. Mr. Rettig has served as a Board Member and Chairman of the Presque Isle County United Way, as a Board Member of the Michigan Family Support Council and as a allocation committee member for the Midland County United Way. He has previously been a member of the Mount Pleasant Lions Club and has previously served as an adjunct faculty member at Delta College, instructing in the areas of legal research and writing, as well as Domestic Relations.
Mr. Rettig has resided in Midland for 25 years and he and his spouse Sheila, are the proud parents of two sons, Andrew and John who attend Midland Public Schools. Mr. Rettig is member of Blessed Sacrament Parish and is a enthusiastic supporter of local youth sports, including MPS athletics, Fraternal-Northwest Little League and Midland Area Youth Football League.