News from your Sheriff

January 28, 2016

Happy New Year to all of Clare County from us here at your Sheriff’s Office.  2015 ended with 39,400 incidents documented by the Clare County Central Dispatch.  Of the 39,400 the Clare County Sheriff’s Office handled 28,166 of those.  That averages out to a little over 77 incidents in a 24 hour period that we handled in Clare County.  We held our annual whole Sheriff Office meeting on January 8, 2016 in the circuit court room.  We come together as an entire group once a year to commend and recognize employees, and set goals for the year ahead.

Detective Dan Kennedy and Detective Kevin Roland attended the Law Enforcement Torch Run/Special Olympics kick off conference in Traverse City last week.  Each year law enforcement across the state of Michigan participate in the annual Torch Run which raises money for Special Olympics.  We have a dedicated group of officers here that take part in the annual Polar Plunge held at Central Michigan University.  Your group of Clare County officers/dispatchers have raised over $5,000.00.  Det. Kennedy and Roland received the “Sapphire” level of excellence during the conference for their dedication and volunteerism for Special Olympics here in Michigan.  I’m very proud of this group of employees who go above and beyond the normal.

We would like to wish our Jail Administrator, Lt. Lisa Smith, good luck in her future endeavor.  Lt. Smith has retired from our jail after 16 years of service and will be going to work for her family business.  Lisa started out on the ground floor of the jail and worked her way up through the ranks over the years to Jail Administrator.  I will truly miss her and her dedication.  I would like to congratulate Brian Dunn, promoted to Jail Administrator, Aaron Houle, promoted to Assistant Jail Administrator, and Howard Rogers, promoted to Jail Corporal.  We are proud of all of you and I look forward to working many years with all of them.

I wanted to take this space to send my appreciation to all of the School Bus drivers out there.  I was taking my sons to school the other day and the roads were like they are normally this time of year – bad.  These drivers, day in and day out, get up early, check over their buses, get them warmed up, and head out to deliver the most precious investment we have, our children.  They are the safest drivers on the road, keeping the radar on with what is going on inside of the bus and what is happening on the outside.  They drive when other people choose not to, to deliver our children to school then to bring them home safely.

That’s all for this time
Like Always, GOD Bless
Sheriff John S. Wilson

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