Washtenaw County Sheriff

Jerry Clayton

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Jerry Clayton

OUTCOME: Jerry Clayton was re-elected Washtenaw County sheriff, defeating Ken Magee. Clayton received 68.69% of the vote, with voter turnout at 66.38%. For more results, check the Washtenaw County elections site.

Jerry Clayton is the current Washtenaw County sheriff. He was first elected in November 2008 in a countywide race after defeating incumbent Democrat Dan Minzey in the August primary. He was re-elected in 2012. His current four-year term runs through 2016.

Prior to his election, Clayton served in the sheriff's office for 20 years before retiring in 2006. His service included serving as the Washtenaw County Jail administrator just before his retirement. His career also included assignments/appointments as a Corrections Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Shift Sergeant, Operations Lieutenant, County Court Security Commander, SWAT Team Commander, Corrections Division Commander and Police Services Division Commander. Before running for sheriff, Clayton worked for an international law enforcement consulting firm, specializing in racial profiling issues.

Clayton lives in Ypsilanti Township with his wife, Sybil. The couple has three sons.

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Jerry Clayton:  In The News

Washtenaw County sheriff Jerry Clayton denies rumors about retirement MLive, Oct. 24, 2016

Washtenaw sheriff candidates share views on challenges facing county – MLive, Oct. 11, 2016

League of Women Voters candidate forum (video) – Community Television Network, Oct. 10, 2016

Washtenaw County Sheriff to discuss policing, use of forceMLive, Sept. 7, 2016

No Contest – Ann Arbor Observer, August 2016

Washtenaw Co. town hall on policing is a ‘good start’Detroit News, July 22, 2016

Emotional 'unity' forum on community policing held at EMUMLive, July 22, 2016

In wake of Dallas shootings, sheriff tells deputies to 'stay focused' on dutyMLive, July 9, 2016

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton Talks About Recent Gang Violence – WEMU, July 27, 2015

Proposal 1 is the only solution for our unsafe roads (column co-authored by Clayton)Detroit Free Press, March 28, 2015

Ypsilanti officials explain roles, services of public safety departments at forumMLive, Oct. 17, 2014

Forum Looks At Lessons From FergusonWEMU, Oct. 15, 2014

Meet & congratulate the 2014 Men of ExcellenceMichigan Chronicle, June 3, 2014

Statement from Clayton at the start of his second termSheriff's office website, January 2013

County sheriff race: Incumbent Jerry Clayton faces challenger Jeffrey, Oct. 13, 2012

New sheriff in townAnn Arbor Observer, August 2009