FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 19, 2010
Mark Switalski 586-469-5135
Open and transparent Macomb County Sheriff appointment process begins
The Macomb County Sheriff Appointment Committee this morning started the process to appoint the next Macomb County Sheriff. Applicants may file online beginning Wednesday, December 1 at 9 am through Friday, December 10 at 5 pm. The current Macomb County Sheriff, Mark Hackel, was elected in November to be the county’s first County Executive. As required by law, the committee is made up of Chief Probate Judge Mark Switalski, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith and Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds Carmella Sabaugh.
The committee also heard reports about the legal requirements for making the appointment, the employees and the status of contract negotiations, and the budget.
By law, applicants must be registered to vote in Macomb County, which means they must be at least 18 years-old and a U.S. Citizen.
The Sheriff’s Office budget is the largest county funded budget and is more than three times as large as the second largest county budget. It is approximately 30% of the county’s $205 million General Fund budget.
For 2010, the Sheriff’s Office has a budget of approximately $60 million, of which 82% or approximately $49 million is for personnel related expenses. Other major expenses include $6 million for inmate medical expenses, $1.5 million for inmate meals and $1 million for vehicle repair and maintenance. The department receives approximately $12 million in revenue from the townships and the only city that receive road patrol services.
The department has 485 budgeted positions in eight unions. Approximately one-half of the employees are involved with the 1,200+ bed county jail. All applicants for department clerical positions are initiated through the Human Resources department while applicants for all other positions, except Sheriff, go through the Civil Service Commission.
It includes road patrol for the Townships of Harrison, Macomb, Lenox and Washington and the City of Mount Clemens. It also includes prisoner transportation, circuit, district and probate court security, K-9 unit and the Marine Division. Investigative services include the Detective Bureau, Surveillance Teams, warrant and subpoenas, Internet Crimes, Auto Theft Squad, and C.O.M.E.T.
Applicants for county employment have used an online system since April. Today the committee decided to use the same process to appoint a new Sheriff. It is unclear whether any previously appointed Michigan Sheriff has ever applied online.
The committee will meet again on Wednesday, December 15 at 8:30 am in the Macomb County Board of Commissioners conference room, next to the auditorium, on the 9th Floor of the Administration Building, One South Main in Mount Clemens to decide which applicants to interview, when those interviews will occur, and the future date at which the new Sheriff will be appointed.
Information about the process, including the law, tentative meeting minutes from today’s meeting and Sheriff Department budget information, is available at http://www.macombcountymi.gov/clerksoffice/Index.htm