Washtenaw County Sheriff
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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.
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 force – MLive, 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 EMU – MLive, July 22, 2016
In wake of Dallas shootings, sheriff tells deputies to 'stay focused' on duty – MLive, 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 forum – MLive, Oct. 17, 2014
Forum Looks At Lessons From Ferguson – WEMU, Oct. 15, 2014
Meet & congratulate the 2014 Men of Excellence – Michigan Chronicle, June 3, 2014
Statement from Clayton at the start of his second term – Sheriff's office website, January 2013
County sheriff race: Incumbent Jerry Clayton faces challenger Jeffrey Gallatin – AnnArbor.com, Oct. 13, 2012
New sheriff in town – Ann Arbor Observer, August 2009