Sheriff Mike Williams

I began with the Sheriff's Office as a Law Enforcement Deputy in 1996. I was assigned as our agencies first police dog handler at the end of 1998. I promoted to Sergeant and later Undersheriff. In November of 2016, the citizens of Montcalm County elected me as their Sheriff. I officially took office on January 1st, 2017.

I've scheduled a few "Coffee" events if people want to speak with me in person about the issue.  Check our FB page for d...
10/21/2019
Montcalm County sheriff’s millage is on the horizon

I've scheduled a few "Coffee" events if people want to speak with me in person about the issue. Check our FB page for dates!

Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams told county commissions on Tuesday that he wants to ask voters to approve 1 mill for five years to allow him to hire 14 new deputies — including 12 road patrol deputies, which would allow the county to have two to three deputies working 24/7 — plus a communi...

Montcalm County Youth Law Enforcement Camp (XCRM 201 01)
06/21/2019
Montcalm County Youth Law Enforcement Camp (XCRM 201 01)

Montcalm County Youth Law Enforcement Camp (XCRM 201 01)

Youths entering 6th through 8th grades Camp Director is Kevin Sweeney, Michigan State Police. The cost is $20. All registrants will receive a T-shirt, water bottle and lunch. A signed waiver form is required for all camps. Middle school youths will learn about the field of criminal justice. They wil...

Always great to see Congressman Moolenaar out and about!
05/30/2019

Always great to see Congressman Moolenaar out and about!

On the road in the district today, I met with Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams and his deputies in Stanton, and then I went to Ithaca where I spoke at the Rotary Club meeting. We talked about a number of issues facing our communities including the opioid epidemic, the Great Lakes and more.

05/10/2019
Branding Iron Cafe

I wanted to take a moment to thank John at the Branding Iron Cafe for hosting a "Coffee with the Sheriff" event this morning. It was a great success.

Small Town Restaurant serving Breakfast and Lunch Tuesday-Sunday

Brian was a great Undersheriff.  His wisdom will be missed.
03/30/2019

Brian was a great Undersheriff. His wisdom will be missed.

Today, officers from all over the area joined Sheriff Williams and the staff of the Sheriff's Office to wish Undersheriff Brian Waber a fond farewell after a honorable career that spanned 33 years. Brian hired on as a patrol deputy after having obtained a bachelor's degree through Ferris State University. Brian rose through the ranks serving as a road sergeant, lieutenant, and was appointed Undersheriff where he also oversaw the jail operations. Brian was instrumental in building the training unit for new deputies and has been a valuable resource.

Brian will spend time with his wife and children and has definitely earned the rest.

Contact me before Friday if you need tickets!
02/05/2019

Contact me before Friday if you need tickets!

A big thank you to the McDonald's Restaurants in Montcalm and Belding for sponsoring the chicken breast for our upcoming Dinner, Reverse Raffle, and Silent Auction on February 23! We really appreciate your support!

Congratulations to Ionia County Sheriff Dale Miller on his retirement.  Sheriff Miller has been a great resource for me ...
12/01/2018

Congratulations to Ionia County Sheriff Dale Miller on his retirement. Sheriff Miller has been a great resource for me any time I had questions or needed a sounding board. Thank you for your years of service!

Yet another reason we need more resources at the Sheriff's Office.
10/11/2018
Montcalm County Sees Troubling Jump in Deadly Crashes - 9 & 10 News

Yet another reason we need more resources at the Sheriff's Office.

A local county noticed a troubling spike in the number of deadly crashes happening on their roads. Montcalm County saw a 283 percent increase in deadly crashes last year while the statewide average went down by more than 4 percent. Shelly Esch helped raise money for the Martin family after a buggy c...

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office
10/10/2018

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office

The State of Michigan realized a decline in fatalities from car crashes by 4.4% from the year 2016 to 2017. Montcalm County, however, realized an increase of 283% in the number of fatalities during the same time frame. The statistic is too alarming to go unnoticed. Even with the reduction of resources afforded to the Sheriff's Office, attempts are being made to increase patrols and halt this disturbing trend. The Sheriff's Office recently received a grant from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning that will be used to fund patrol overtime shifts. The funds can only be used during time frames designated by the OHSP and for traffic enforcement efforts. The month of October is a targeted time and there is will be concentrated effort to reduce drivers operating under the influence. A second enforcement period is scheduled for the month of December. Although enforcement is a part of the project and violators found to be driving under the influence will be arrested, Sheriff Williams hopes by sharing this information and educating the public, the number of those choosing to drive under the influence will be reduced and the staggering trend can be reversed.

The hat must have worked, because the Lions had a great game later that night!
09/25/2018

The hat must have worked, because the Lions had a great game later that night!

Hope you notice the hard work of this great group of Renegade Rotarians when driving South out of Stanton on M66. Roadsides are clean as a whistle! Good job Stanton Rotary on the Adopt-A-Highway day!

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office
09/24/2018

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office

Ninety-two years ago today, Sheriff Franklin Henkel died from a gunshot wound he sustained two days prior while quelling a disturbance in the village of Lakeview. A single rose was laid at his grave and the staff at the Sheriff's Office are adorning black mourning bands in remembrance of his service and ultimate sacrifice. His wife Ileea Henkel is remember as well. Ileea took over the duties of the Office of the Sheriff at her husband's passing making her one of the first female Sheriffs in the State of Michigan. The Henkel family's contribution to the people of Montcalm County shall never be forgotten.

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office
09/14/2018

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office

Yesterday, we presented a check for $1000 to the Central Montcalm Community Foundation President, Ginger Gurecki, towards the Lt. William McCarthy Memorial Scholarship fund. These were a portion of the proceeds from our annual charity golf outing which Deputy Greg Syrjala puts countless hours of his own time into organizing.

Michigan Sheriffs' Association
09/11/2018

Michigan Sheriffs' Association

September 11, 2001 was the deadliest day for law enforcement in American history. We remember the officers, firefighters, and citizens who unselfishly gave their lives on that day responding and assisting at moments notice. We will never forget each life that was taken in the terrorist attacks.

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office
08/31/2018

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office

Today marks the twenty-first anniversary of the passing of Officer Eric Johnson of the Howard City Police Department. Eric died as a result of a car crash while on duty. Highlighting this day is a way to honor the service Eric provided to the people of Howard City. The Sheriff's Office staff are wearing black mourning bands and ribbons in remembrance of the day and of Eric. Thank you Howard City Floral and Gifts for providing the rose for Eric's monument at the Howard City municipal office.

08/14/2018
M1063 WGLM

School's starting next week! Please be careful when you see a school bus.

Talking school bus safety this morning!

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office
08/10/2018

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office

The Sheriff's Office and State Police will be hosting a "Citizens Academy" this fall. If you're interested in attending, please email [email protected] for an application.

08/09/2018
Montcalm County Sheriff's Office

School is starting soon. Please be careful when you see a school bus!

School starts the week of August 20th in Montcalm County. Please use extra caution when you see a school bus on the road.

08/07/2018
Re-Elect Mike Scott Road Commissioner

Don't forget to vote for Mike Scott tomorrow for Montcalm County Road Commissioner!

Over 36 years experience in road construction, state, county and local government.

Congratulations, Doug Carroll!
07/31/2018

Congratulations, Doug Carroll!

Every year, Bookwalter Chevrolet Buick of Stanton sponsors a hole at the annual Montcalm County Sheriff's Office Charitable Golf Outing. If a golfer makes a hole in one shot, the prize is a new car. Today, Bookwalter Chevrolet Buick made good on their offer and gave a new Chevrolet Cruze to Doug Carroll of Barryton for his successful attempt at the hole in one. No one has ever made the shot in the history of the Sheriff's Office Charitable Golf Outing. Sheriff Mike Williams was present when Mr. Carroll took possession of his new car. Mr. Carroll's granddaughter, Kensi Damveld, took the time to share in her grandfather's enjoyment as well. Bookwalter's co-owner Brandon Stowell and salesman Adam Coon happily showed Mr. Carroll the various options his new car possesses. Mr. Stowell indicated Bookwalter's sponsors approximately fifteen events like this a year, have been doing so for over fifteen years, and this is only the second car given away. The proceeds of the Sheriff's Office Charitable Golf outing will go to fund the McCarthy Scholarship in honor of slain Detective Lieutenant William McCarthy as well as a future fallen officer memorial to be erected at the Sheriff's Office complex. Thank you to all who participated in the annual event, those individuals and businesses who sponsored holes and donated, and to Bookwalter Chevrolet Buick for sponsoring the hole in one challenge. This event could not happen or be successful without those generous donations.

07/19/2018
Re-Elect Mike Scott Road Commissioner

I'm proud to say that I'm endorsing Mike Scott for Road Commissioner. His leadership and experience make him the best fit for the position!

Over 36 years experience in road construction, state, county and local government.

Please join me for coffee and conversation at the Crystal Lake Cafe on July 25th at 8:30 a.m.
07/09/2018

Please join me for coffee and conversation at the Crystal Lake Cafe on July 25th at 8:30 a.m.

Great work by our Marine Patrol!
07/05/2018

Great work by our Marine Patrol!

One word...teamwork.

"Big thanks to the Montcalm County Sheriff's Office and Michigan DNR for removing a fishing lure and line from the baby swan’s foot this afternoon"

This occurred on July 3rd. Ms. Sheets mentioned the Sheriff's Office in a post. Thanks for sharing.

Judging from the pie contest today...
06/24/2018

Judging from the pie contest today...

Mark your calendar. Fun family event! June 24th from 1-5pm. Pie drop off, 9am-noon.

06/20/2018
The Boot - Adopt A Door for Central Montcalm

The Central Montcalm Parent group has stepped up and is taking action on school safety. They're collecting donations to buy "the boot" for every door in the district. This is a device that provides an additional level of security for each classroom. Hat's off to those parents. They make our community strong!

Nonprofit Organization

Stanton Rotary Club
04/24/2018

Stanton Rotary Club

Rotary Adopt-A-Highway Day. M66 South from Main Street in Stanton to Colby Road is beautiful once again! Let’s keep it that way!

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office
04/06/2018

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office

NEWS MEDIA INFORMATION REPORT

UPDATED NEWS RELEASE

ASSAULTING AN OFFICER ARREST

UPDATE—further information regarding the Assaulting an Officer Arrest

The Edmore man arrested and charged in connection with assaulting a Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy is Arik Jon Chapman, age 36, from Edmore. Chapman has been charged with one count of Assault With Intent To Do Great Bodily Harm Less Than Murder Or By Strangulation, one count of Attempted Disarming Of A Peace Office, two counts of Assaulting/Resisting/Obstructing An Officer Causing Injury, two counts of Malicious Destruction Of Police Property, and thirteen counts of Assaulting/Resisting/Obstructing A Police Officer. All of the charges are felony charges and the maximum sentences range from ten years to two years. Chapman remains in the County jail on a $200,000.00 bond for these charges in addition to the $100,000 bond from the previous charges

This incident began when Sergeant Steven Snyder, a nine year deputy with the Sheriff’s Office, saw Chapman in Edmore. Sergeant Snyder was conducting an ongoing investigation that resulted in a multi-count arrest warrant for Chapman. Those charges include felony child sexually abusive activity, felony using a computer to commit a crime, felony accosting a child for immoral purposes, and misdemeanor furnishing alcohol to a minor. Sergeant Snyder met with and spoke to Chapman in Chapman’s front yard. When Chapman discovered he was being criminally charged, he became violent and attacked Sergeant Snyder. During the struggle, Chapman attempted to get Sergeant Snyder’s handgun from him but was unsuccessful. Chapman then fled the scene on foot. As the two fought, a call from a citizen alerting Central Dispatch of Sergeant Snyder’s struggle prompted several officers and an ambulance to respond.

Sergeant Snyder was able to radio for assistance and give a direction of travel for Chapman. Sergeant Snyder was taken to Kelsey Memorial Hospital in Lakeview for treatment of injuries to his face and head sustained during the assault.

Officers with the Michigan State Police, Stanton Police Department, and Michigan Department of Natural Resources assisted the Sheriff’s Office in searching for Chapman. The search led to a nearby home where it was learned Chapman was hiding in an attic. The officers and homeowner attempted to convince Chapman to surrender but he refused. Chapman was setting fires in the attic prompting a response from the Home Township Fire Department. Chapman eventually made his way onto the roof of the home where he continued to defy orders to surrender. Chapman slid off the snowy, tin roof and fell to the ground only to run away again. Chapman was seen running towards Main Street where he attempted to open the door of a passing motorist. Chapman, unsuccessful in his attempt to get into the passing car, again ran. Shortly thereafter, Chapman was apprehended by officers and taken into custody. Chapman continued to resist, was defiant with law enforcement officials and damaged police property.

Sergeant Snyder was released from the hospital after having his injuries treated. Sergeant Snyder will be on leave while he recuperates at his home and is expected to make a full recovery.

Chapman sustained only minimal injuries during the incident.

The home that Chapman tried to set on fire sustained only minimal damage.

In all, 14 officers from the various agencies assisted in Chapman’s apprehension.

The Sheriff’s Office is attempting to identify the driver of the car Chapman tried to take and is asking for assistance.

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office
03/28/2018

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office

Last week on one of the nicer weather days, Deputy Syrjala decided to stretch his legs a little after having driven around Howard City and Reynolds Township for the morning and thought the best way to do it was to interact with some of the neighborhood young people. The score of the game was not reported however knowing Deputy Syrjala, it was surely a competitive game. Thank you to the Putnams for sharing the photograph.

02/27/2018
Montcalm Heritage Village

Montcalm Heritage Village

**We have met our goal! Thank you for your support!**
As many of you know, we have always made our events free to community members. We are looking for 15 sponsors to donate $20 to help cover the cost of a new event for families this summer. If you can help us out, please contact Shannon: [email protected]

Please join me for "100 Men Who Care - Montcalm County" on Tuesday, February 27th at 6pm at Montcalm Community College D...
02/21/2018

Please join me for "100 Men Who Care - Montcalm County" on Tuesday, February 27th at 6pm at Montcalm Community College D303-305.

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office
02/08/2018

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office

How does one assemble a large group of citizens into one area on a cold, Tuesday night? By offering a Church Safety Seminar. On February 6th, the Sheriff's Office hosted a presentation offered to area churches at the Montcalm Area Career Center. A flier was mailed to the churches of Montcalm County. In response, over 130 people representing over 50 churches attended to receive information regarding the use of safety teams for their respective congregations.

With recent events that have occurred throughout the nation, Sheriff Mike Williams felt it important to direct some of the Sheriff's Office resources to providing some guidance. Deputy Brian Snyder was tasked with creating a presentation and did an outstanding job. The information shared was not a "how to" but rather a "here are several considerations and some resources". Concerns such as active shooters, medical events, and bad weather were among the topics.

Not knowing what the response was going to be, it was decided to offer the seminar to churches by invitation. The response was far better than anticipated and the response from the crowd was positive.

Having had such a positive experience and favorable feedback, Sheriff Williams hopes to provide additional training opportunities to various groups on different topics in the future.

Daily News
01/22/2018
Daily News

Daily News

Deputy Michael Kotenko can remember every death notice he has given — and he’s made “a number of them” — during his career with the Montcalm County Sheriff's Office.

Between the late 1990s and late 2000s, Kotenko and other deputies had a victim services team to assist officers when making death notices. The members of the team became a support system not only for the families they consoled, but for the officers as well.

That team disbanded in 2010, but has recently reassembled and is looking for new recruits.

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