Ottawa Co. Sheriff not seeking re-election in 2016

Posted at 12:54 PM, Oct 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-13 12:54:59-04

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. – The Sheriff of Ottawa County told his department and the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners that he will not be seeking re-election in 2016.

Sheriff Gary Rosema has been the Ottawa County Sheriff for 22 years.  He has been with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department for 41 years.

Sheriff Rosema released the following statement:

“This decision has been made after much discussion with family, friends, and colleagues.  I have had the opportunity for the last 22 years to lead one of the finest law enforcement and correctional organizations in the State of Michigan.  The enhancements in law enforcement services over the years have been accomplished through the development of relationships and partnerships with townships; the cities of Coopersville and Hudsonville; Ferrysburg; Spring Lake village; and our county-wide school districts.  Our service levels have been supported by the ongoing commitments of the county Board of Commissioners in general fund operations that have created a seamless service across Ottawa County.  In addition, the support and funding for a state-of-the-art jail/correctional facility at our Fillmore Complex has been an ongoing process over the years that will continue to serve the Ottawa County Criminal Justice System for many years to come.  Working in cooperation with all law enforcement, courts, prosecutor’s office, probation, parole, along with county and community programs has been a priority and a key to the success of our department’s role in our criminal justice system.  The opportunities to represent Ottawa County at the local, state, and federal level has been significant for me throughout the years; and it has always been a privilege to be involved at these various levels.  The residents and communities of Ottawa County are well served by the professional and dedicated members of our sheriff’s office. It has truly been my pleasure to serve with them and those who have served throughout my tenure.”