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BCE-Calhoun County Sheriff

The Michigan Constitution provides that the Sheriff be elected every four years, on a partisan basis, by the residents of the County. The Sheriff is responsible for the enforcement of laws throughout the County. Duties include: the administration of the Correctional Facility, patrol of county roads, marine safety, animal control and other law enforcement related programs as allowed by statute.

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  • Brad Palmer
    (Dem)

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    Matt Saxton
    (Rep)

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Biographical Information

What are three top issues facing this office that you want to address?

Does the county need more road patrols?

Do you support further consolidation of police services among the various departments?

Are county officers adequately trained?

Do you believe the office is run as efficiently as possible and if not, what would you do to improve?

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Professional Experience Sheriff Matthew M. Saxton graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Corrections from Lake Superior State University in 1993. He joined the Homer Police Department in 1993, before beginning his career with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. From 1994, until today, Sheriff Saxton has served in the roles of Corrections Deputy, Law Enforcement Deputy, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and now the Sheriff of Calhoun County. Sheriff Saxton is a graduate of the Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff and Command. Sheriff Saxton graduated from the FBI National Academy #230 in 2007. He is also a graduate of the New Sheriff’s Leadership Institute, provided by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association. Sheriff Saxton is an active Board Member of the Michigan Sheriff’s Association. He also serves on the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Council, which is a position directly appointed by the Governor. Matt Saxton proudly serves as the Sheriff of Calhoun County.
Political Experience Calhoun County Sheriff - 4 Years. Pennfield Schools Board of Education - 6 Years. It has been my honor and privilege to serve you as your Sheriff and I ask for support and vote on November 8th.
Family Happily married to Heidi 22 years and has three teenage children - Logan, Landon, Lauren.
Budget & Fiscal Responsibility – When I started as Sheriff, I eliminated consultants, saving thousands of dollars. I re-negotiated our agreement with ICE which increased our boarding revenue. We have spent almost $2,000,000. less than budgeted.

Community Relations – The relationships that I have developed as Sheriff are important to maintaining an open dialogue with all citizens. I spend a lot of time listening. Not only do I respect community input, I encourage it.

Staffing & Safety - With an ever changing work environment, we need to supply the proper training to insure the safety of all staff, so we may continue to provide the highest level of services to our citizens.
The Sheriff's Office always wants to provide better services to our residents, but services must be balanced with regards to our budget.

Since becoming Sheriff, I continue to look at ways to provide more effective law enforcement services. Our collaboration with other municipalities and agencies has already improved countywide law enforcement services for all of our citizens. With law enforcement agencies working together with our communities, we continue to see a decrease in violent crime rates in Calhoun County.

The Sheriff’s Office was able to navigate through the tough economic times of the previous 10 years and not lay-off deputies as many agencies did in Michigan.
Since I became Sheriff, we have new agreements with the Village of Homer and City of Springfield. We continue to serve Pennfield and Convis Townships. I believe that consolidation has been beneficial for everyone. Each municipality receives the same or more services than before at a lower cost. We continue to look at ways of doing things better, so if a municipality makes a request, and if the partnership improves law enforcement services, and or saves taxpayer dollars, we would be willing to serve any community that needs help. Also, the new Michigan Regional Law Enforcement Center is allowing for solid collaboration with the City of Marshall Police and the Michigan State Police.
With the ever changing criminal justice field, we are always seeking more training opportunities that adapt to current events, while continuing to work within our stated budget.

Here are three points I would like to provide you with:

- Current training includes, but is not limited to: “Active Shooter” scenarios, Primary and Secondary School Safety, Implicit Bias, Use of Force, Illegal Drug Enforcement and Response, Community Relations, Disaster Preparedness and Response. - Our training budget has increased 14.23% from last year, 2015. - We are increasing training opportunities for our deputies while saving money by hosting regional training seminars.
These are some accomplishments over the last four years: - New law enforcement contracts with multiple county jurisdictions. - We have incorporated “Body Cameras” within our Law Enforcement Division funded entirely with grant funding, again saving taxpayers thousands of dollars. - Upgraded Jail security system, water, food service, along with an HVAC upgrade. - Enhancing security with a new “Court Security Team”. - Jail housing contracts with Livonia, Dearborn, and ICE. 1/2 of the cost to operate the jail is covered by housing contract revenues, saving the taxpayers millions of dollars. - We have expanded our Search & Rescue. They're nationally certified and state recognized.

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