For over 130 years, the Michigan Sheriff's Association has been a leader in providing education, training and programs in your community and to your Sheriff and his staff. Current issues include Safe Schools, Teenage Driver Safety, Identity Theft, Homeland Security, Senior Citizen Safety, Victim Service Teams, Mental Health and Line of Duty Death Assistance.
Collectively, through the Michigan Sheriffs' Association, the 83 Sheriff's Offices enjoy a single voice in meeting the needs of policing at the county level. Working towards improved, professional standards to better serve and protect the citizenry, the Michigan Sheriffs' Association is constantly striving to meet the following goals.
Preserve and enhance the role of Sheriff as the chief elected law enforcement officer in the county.
Institute training and education programs in relation to concerns, trends and developments in law enforcement.
Support effective law enforcement coverage of traffic and safety.
Deter crime through prevention programs at both state and local levels.
Assist in mutual administrative concerns regarding correctional facilities.
Maintain a leadership role in support and enactment of appropriate law enforcement legislation to best serve the needs of the Sheriff and the citizens of Michigan.
Formed in 1877, the Michigan Sheriffs' Association is the oldest law enforcement organization in Michigan.
It is the only organization that officially represents the Office of Sheriff in Michigan.
Represents the concerns of Sheriffs, their offices and other criminal justice members.
Maintains and enhances the constitutional Office of Sheriff by representing it to the general public; members and agencies of state and county government; and other aspects of the criminal justice system.
Provides a variety of educational resources to Sheriffs and other criminal justice professionals, and to the general public.
Monitors pending legislation, court decisions and state funding resources that affect jail and department operations and local services
The Michigan Sheriffs' Association NEVER solicits donations by telephone or permits unsavory tactics to solicit donations from members or prospective members.
1932-34 Fred C. Frantz – Berrien
1934-35 Thomas C. Lovett –
1936-40 George L. Coyler – Mason
1940 Charles L. Miller – Berrien
1940-45 William Nestle – Gratiot
1945-47 Ferris E. Lucas1 – St. Clair
1947-48 Tom Wallcott –
1948-50 Hugh Blacklock –
1950-52 William Miron – Delta
1952-53 John Kilborn – Emmet
1953-55 Albert Jacobson –
1955-57 Merrit R. McBride – Huron
1957-58 Robert J. Russell – Gratiot
1958 John W. Miller – Bay
1959 Willard P. Barnes – Ingham
1962 Robert W. Dougan – Newaygo
1963 Elton Sampson – Montcalm
1964 Robert Stites – Lenawee
1965 Edward P. Sandri – Iron
1966 Thomas E.
1967 Elwin J. Smith – Eaton
1968 Richard Weiler – Grand Traverse
1969 Kenneth Preadmore – Ingham
1970 Keith Wilhelm – Branch
1971 Richard Germond2 – Lenawee
1972 Ronald H. Parsons –
1973 Lester A. Almstadt –
1974 Donald Grein – Osceola
1975 Richard Zink – Emmet
1977 Bernard Grysen3
1978 Richard Stump – Van Buren
1979 John P. O’Brien –
1980 James Northrop – Cass
1981 Forrest Jewell – Berrien
1982 Joseph Maino – Marquette
1983 Richard Stokan – Huron
1984 Garth Meyer – Roscommon
1985 Philip Heffron – Kent
1986 John Robitaille – Delta
1987 William Hackel –
1988 Norman Heinemann – Branch
1989 James R. McNutt –
1990 James Routsala – Houghton
1991 David O. Wood – Barry
1992 John Grabowski – Cheboygan
1993 A. James LaJoye – Shiawassee
1994 Howard Haskin – Clare
1995 Edward Berkompas – Chippewa
1996 Terrence L. Jungel4
1996 Carl Van Wert* -
1997 Nelson “Jerry” Canon – Kalkaska
1998 Donald Charlevoix – Dickinson
1999 Gene Wriggelsworth – Ingham
2001 John S. Reder –
2003 Thomas N.
2004 Thomas T. Kern – Tuscola
2005 Michael H. Lovelace –
2007 Michael S. Mercer - Newaygo
2008 Matthew Lori –
2009 Brian J. McLean – Houghton
2010 James Bosscher - Missaukee
2012 Michael F. Oltersdorf – Leelanau
2013 Scott A. Strait - Mackinac
1 Also later served as executive director of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association.
2 Later became president of the National Sheriffs’ Association
3. Served as executive director of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association from 1979 to 1992.
4 Currently serves as executive director of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association; also chaired the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Executive Directors & Presidents Committee from 2002-2003
* Elected president of the association but retired office of sheriff before assuming duties.