CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. — One of Sheriff Matt Saxton’s main goals for 2020 was to run again for his position as sheriff of Calhoun County, he said.
However, when he learned that the executive director role at the Michigan Sheriff's Association was opening up, he decided to apply in early December.
Last Wednesday, he accepted the job.
“I’m passionate about law enforcement and corrections and the Office of Sheriff's,” said Sheriff Saxton during an interview with FOX 17 on Tuesday. “I want to make sure the Office of Sheriff in every county is strong.”
Sheriff Saxton said his new office will be in Lansing, where he’ll be working on legislative issues.
He added that’s he’s looking forward to working with the 83 sheriffs in the state and the 21,000 civilians citizen members of the association.
“I am excited but, you know, I been here 26 years,” Sheriff Saxton said. “I consider this my extended family.”
Sheriff Saxton said he’s been sheriff since 2013. However he’s been with the department for decades.
He said what he’ll miss most are the people.
“Each and every staff member that puts a uniform on everyday that goes to work in the jail or on the road or works the front office or clerical, everybody is as important as the next person,” he said. “We’re just under 200 employees here. I feel like I’m leaving a family of 200.”
Sheriff Saxton said he doesn’t know who will take his place. The county prosecutor and clerk are handling the interviewing process.
In the meantime, Saxton will continue to serve as sheriff for the next few months, he said.
“The good thing is I get to stay in my community. So moving forward I would want the citizens of Calhoun County to know that they are in good hands and will be protected,” he said. “I will put an effort in to mainge sure the right person gets in to be the next Calhoun County Sheriff.”