Clare County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Jeff Goyt
225 W. Main St., P.O. Box 407
Harrison, MI  48625
(989) 539-7166

Clare County Website

Clare County Sheriff


Clare County Sheriff:

The Sheriff is an elected officer responsible for the planning, administration and direction of the Sheriff’s office.  The Sheriff oversees all departmental operations including the road patrol, detective division, special operations, criminal and civil process, prisoner transport, court security, and operation of the county jail, including the constitutional and statutory provisions relating to the care and custody of inmates. 

The Sheriff is also responsible for the short and long-range planning of the department, including developing and implementing new and revised policies and directing and participating in all administrative functions of the department. 

He is responsible for all departmental programs and coordinates department activities with area and state law enforcement agencies as well as arranging and overseeing special service contracts within the county as appropriate.

The Sheriff also represents the department on a number of boards and committees including: 

   Clare County Children a Risk Advisory

   Clare County United Way

   Lake Huron Area Council

   Clare County Community Foundation

   Clare County Enterprise Community, term limit

   MMCC BBQ Committee

   Harrison Library Advisory Board

   MI Coalition for Clean Forests

   Vietnam Dog Handlers Association

   FBI National Academy Associates

   Michigan Sheriff’s Association

   National Sheriff’s Association



Barney Ledford, Undersheriff

 The Sheriff appoints the Undersheriff.  The Undersheriff plans, organizes and directs the day-to-day operations of the divisions in the department.

 The Undersheriff applies for and administers the department’s grants.  He monitors the entire department’s budget, including training budget. 

Personnel issues, such as hiring, promoting, grievances, and negotiating union contracts with 3 bargaining units, are part of the Undersheriff’s job.

Clare County Jail

The Sheriff’s Office and jail renovation project has been a major undertaking that will serve Clare County well into the future.

The Clare County jail has been brought up to high standards.  We have been awarded the 100% compliance award 2002 through the present time.

Inmate fees are providing the funding for this project.  We expect to have it paid off in four years.



Michigan Department of Corrections                   

News Release                                 November 27, 2002                                           

Lansing- The Michigan Department of Correction (MDOC) announced recently that the Clare County Sheriff’s Office has achieved compliance with the state’s rules on jails and lockups. 

Sheriff Jeffery Goyt was presented with a certificate signed by DOC Director William Overton and Jeff Baumann, administer of the MDOC’s Office of Audit, Internal Affairs and Litigation.  Baumann is in charge of the unit in the MDOC, which inspects county jails for compliance. 

“Compliance with the state’s jail rules is a major accomplishment and the citizens of Clare County should be proud,” said State Corrections Director William Overton, in announcing the compliance. 

“It means increased safety and security for citizens as well as for jail staff and prisoners.  Sheriff Goyt should be congratulated for running a cost-efficient and humane jail,” Overton said. 

At the June 2004 Michigan Sheriff’s Conference Patricia Caruso, the new director of Michigan Department of Corrections, once again presented Sheriff Goyt was with the 100% jail compliance award.