Wayne County Sheriff

This race is uncontested. The Wayne County Sheriff serves a four-year term and receives an annual salary of $115,000.

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  • Benny N. Napoleon

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Biographical Information

Where do you think the Wayne County Jail as well as the court complex be located?

How would you like to see the county handle the financial challenge that the unfinished Wayne County jail site poses?

With public safety being one of Detroit’s biggest challenges, what is the county’s role in helping the city combat crime?

What is your position on outfitting the county sheriff’s department with body cameras?

How do you propose curbing the practice of sex trafficking in Wayne County? Do you think the punishments for perpetrators and victims of trafficking are fair? If not, how would you change them?

Do you support the legalization of recreational marijuana?

What is needed to better regulate the medical marijuana industry in Michigan?

What do you think are the department’s most pressing challenges?

If elected, how would you address these challenges?

Which areas of the sheriff’s department need the most improvement, and what suggestions can you offer for making them better?

Do you support and will you appear at campaign events with your party’s presidential nominee?

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor? If so, explain.

Have you ever filed for personal bankruptcy? If so, explain.

City of residence Detroit
Age 60
Family Daughter Tiffani C. Jackson (28)
Education Juris Doctor, Detroit College Of Law at Michigan State University
Vehicles owned None. Leased Cadillac 2012, leased GMC truck 2016
Professional Experience Detroit Police Department -1975/2001, retired as Chief of Police. Licensed attorney since 1987. Executive VP, Capri Capital 2001 -2003. Wayne County 2003 til present
Political Experience Appointed Sheriff 2009. Elected in 2010 to fill vacancy. Re-elected in 2012.
Race/ethnicity African American
Incumbent? true
As long as the Court and Jail are in close proximity, I have no preference. The only issue is convenience of the public and workers and most cost effective location.
In the most economic manner that does not compromise the integrity of the complex and the safety of the inmates, staff and visitors.
Unfortunately very limited. With almost 700 square miles and 43 communities and extremely short staffed, the WCSO has limited capabilities to assist any of the communities in Wayne County. Ideally, expansion of narcotics enforcement, gang enforcement and focus on career criminals would be the best way to assist Detroit in reducing violence in the city. Proper staffing levels would be the first step to reducing crime in Detroit. An emphasis on crime prevention, directed enforcement, problem oriented policing and community policing are the only proven methods of crime reduction
I support the suggestion. As you may recall, I was the first Chief of Police to put cameras in police lockups and scout cars in Detroit.
I have a vice and morality unit that is targeting both buyers and workers.
It is the position of the National Sheriffs Association, Major County Sheriffs and Michigan Sheriffs Association that we are opposed to legalization of marijuana.
I believe that regulation similar to liquor license regulation would be most appropriate.
Most pressing challenge is to stay in compliance with the forty year old consent order. We have a multitude of challenges, including, aging facilities, staffing shortages in jail medical, shortage of deputies, aging equipment and technology, obsolete vehicle fleet, lack of training opportunities among others.
We meet monthly with the Court, the CEO's staff and the commission to address the consent order and meeting the conditions of compliance. When a decision is made on the new jail or remodeling existing facilities, it will address the aging facilities. Jail medical services are scheduled to be contracted out and should improve the delivery of medical services to inmates. We currently have the most aggressive recruiting strategy since my appointment to address the shortage of deputies. When a decision is made on the new jail it should address the equipment and technology issues. The vehicle situation is under review by the CEO and he has made a commitment to addressing the fleet issue.
See above
Yes to both.