Charles D. Hammond #99

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Congrats to Chief Tom Korabik on your recent retirement from the North Muskegon Police Department. Shown here receiving his FOP gold card from his good friend, FOP Treasurer Squiers. Good luck Tom

Please join us in congratulating Deputy David Vanderlaan for his promotion to the rank of Sergeant.

Sergeant Vanderlaan has been with the Sheriff's Office since 2008. During his career he has been assigned to the night shift working as a Corrections Deputy. Sergeant Vanderlaan has been assigned as a Training Officer/Coordinator and a Classification Officer. From 2002 through 2005, Sergeant Vanderlaan also worked for the Sheriff's Office Marine Division.

Sergeant Vanderlaan has a Bachelor’s of Science from Grand Valley State University as well an Associate of Arts Degree from Muskegon Community College.

A member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 99, Sergeant Vanderlaan will start his new position January 25, 2018.



FOP Secretary Todd Gilchrist presenting a $500 dollar check to Stephanie Cathey of The Kids Food Basket. KFB does awesome work benefiting the youth of our community. Check out their website at to
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At the recent MCOLES Commission meeting on September 27, 2017, resolutions were passed honoring the service of four fallen officers who died in the line of duty extending all benefits to the eligible survivors through Public Safety Officer Benefits Act.

Resolutions were passed to honor the service of fallen Charter Township of Comstock Fire Department Fire Fighter, Chief Edward Switalski and fallen Somerset Township Fire Fighter, Captain Fred Newton.

There to accept the Resolution on behalf of fallen Detroit Police Department Sgt. Kenneth Steil was Commander Marlon Wilson. On behalf of fallen Norton Shores Police Department Officer Jonathan Ginka was Chief Jon Gale and Lt. Michael Kasher. Click here to read the resolution.


Several Fruitport Police Officers were recognized at tonight's township board meeting due to recent personnel changes. Jeffery Whelan was recently named Deputy Police Chief, Daniel Babinec was recently promoted to Sergeant, Officer Ross Deyoung and Officer Josh Karafa have been promoted to full time positions from the part time ranks. Several Fruitport Fire Department members were also recognized at the meeting. Congratulations to everyone!

 This past week the Sheriff’s Office welcomed Deputy Daniel Cassiday back home. Deputy Cassiday serves as a SGT, Squad Leader of the Communications Section of the 126th Infantry Regiment out of the Grand Valley Armory in Wyoming MI. During a two week training exercise Deputy Cassiday’s Regiment received a warning order for a possible deployment to Texas, in respond to the crisis caused by Hurricane Harvey.

After returning home, Deputy Cassiday was notified that he would need to attend a three day Readiness Processing (SRP) Operations at Ft. Custer, Michigan in preparation for their mobilization.

The damage recovery process caused by Hurricane Harvey was well ahead of schedule and Michigan Guard units were informed that they would no longer be needed. However, they were then given a warning order to prepare for a possible deployment to Florida for the anticipated damage caused by Hurricane Irma.
Deputy Cassiday and approximately 425 soldiers from the 126th Infantry Regiment first went to Camp Grayling in northern Michigan to pack equipment and then depart for Florida. Their Regiment would be providing security and humanitarian assistance.

After Hurricane Irma hit Florida, the damage was not as bad as predicted and along with the overwhelming assistance offered from surrounding Army Guard units; the Michigan Army Guard units were informed to stand down. All equipment had to be unloaded, inspected and repacked.

The Muskegon County Sheriff’s extends a heartfelt thank you to Deputy Cassiday for his service and to all of the Service men and women all over the world.

This past week the Sheriff's Office celebrated the retirement of Deputy Todd Dunham. Deputy Dunham served our community for 30 years, working in a professional capacity in the Corrections Division, Enforcement Division, Marine Division, and the Command Unit. During his tenure he supervised the Marine Division, making that program one of the best equipped in the state. Deputy Dunham was also a member of the Sheriff's Office Motor Unit.

During Deputy Dunham's career he was fortunate to have worked with his father (Tom Dunham), who also retired from the Sheriff's Office.

Todd will continue to participate with the Michigan Special Olympics where he serves as an Executive Member on the Board.


Each fiscal year the Sheriff’s Office recognize those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding work performance.

Deputy John Yax: Letter of Recognition;

Deputy Yax was recognized for his role in educating new drivers on safe vehicle operation. For over a decade Deputy Yax has advocated the continuance of the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office Advanced Teen Driving program.

Deputy Christian Herremans: Distinguished Service Award;

Deputy Herremans received this award for his highly intelligent police work in an effort to stop a serial armed robbery suspect and for bravery by single handily apprehending that suspect after he had just robbed the Speedway Convenience Store in the Village of Ravenna on July 29th, 2017.

Deputy LeAnn Foltynewicz: Meritorious Service Award

In recognition of her self-driven initiative, attention to detail, courtesy to the public and work ethic, Deputy Foltynewicz was hereby recognized as the "Deputy of the Year" for her professionalism as being extraordinarily evident on a daily basis. Her service to the citizens we serve has not gone unnoticed.

The Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office asks that you join us in congratulating Sergeant Patrick Herremans on his recent retirement. Sgt. Herremans started his career working part-time in Shelby MI and Rothbury MI. After spending three (3) years with the City of Kirkwood MO., Sgt. Herremans came to Muskegon County and spent the next 16 years serving the people of Muskegon County.

During his more than 21 years of service, Sgt. Herremans has worked in Patrol, Narcotics and as a Detective. Sgt. Herremans was a member of the Muskegon County Emergency Response Team. During his tenure with the Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Herremans was awarded two (2) Distinguished Service Awards.

Thank you for your service to Muskegon County and your contributions to our community.

This past Friday Sheriff Poulin announce the appointment of Deputy Steven Reynolds to the position of Marine Deputy.

Deputy Reynolds has worked in the Law Enforcement field for the past 23 years, with the last 18 years with the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Reynolds has worked as a Township PINS car, Traffic Services, Court Services Deputy, and Uniformed Division of Law Enforcement Services.

During his career Deputy Reynolds has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award.

Deputy Reynolds has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Michigan University. He is a graduate of North Muskegon High School and is also a member of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 99.

Congratulations on your new appointment.

Please join us in congratulating Deputy Austin Aamodt for his promotion to the rank of Sergeant.

Sgt. Aamodt has worked the night shift for the past 6 years, with previous experience as a Marine Deputy from 2009 to 2011. Sgt. Aamodt has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University and a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, also from Ferris State University.

During his career with the Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Aamodt has worked as a Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor and a member of the Muskegon County Emergency Response Team. Sgt. Aamodt is a member of the Harvest Bible Chapel North Muskegon and the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 99.

Congratulations Sgt. Aamodt!

At the April meeting, Trustee Durham, Trustee Earley, and Brother Morris were presented their Gold Cards by President Harris for their recent retirements. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Dave Wypa on his new job as Police Chief of Muskegon Township Police Department! 

 Congratulations to the Lodge 99 members who have started their new positions this month. Terry Sabo (former MHPD) is now the Michigan 92nd District State Representative. Geoffrey Nolan (associate member) is the newest 60th District Court Judge for Muskegon County. Good luck to Sheriff Michael Poulin (retired MCSD and lodge trustee) and Undersheriff Ken Sanford (retired MTPD) in their new jobs!

Brother Christiansen pictured with Dave Eling and Mike Baauw from the Veterans Service Center Food Pantry. Jim graciously dropped off our FOP canned food donations collected at Sunday's FOP Xmas Party. Thanks to all the donators. We also received some cash donations we will include with our annual Holiday donation. Great work everyone. They were very thankful we are always thinking of ways to help our veterans.

 avery1Greg Lynn (MCSD) is running the Chicago Marathon next year to support childhood cancer research. He must raise $1,000 to run in the marathon. The charity he selected is Alex's Lemonade Stand. They raise money to help with bills for families with children getting cancer treatments. This charity helped his family when his youngest daughter, Avery, was fighting cancer. She is now 5 years cancer-free. The lodge has donated $100 for this cause, but more is needed. If you would like to donate to this effort, click here.

Congratulations to Virnell France MHPD who was recently promoted to Detective and welcome aboard to Robert Kooi who was just hired part time for MHPD.

Congratulations on your recent retirements to the following !!!!!

Michael Poulin retired from MCSD

Jim Duram retired  from WHPD

Monica Shirey retired from MUPD

Gary Williams retired from MDOC

Kevin Allman retired from Ottawa County

Brian Harris retired from MCSD

Doug Morris retired from WHPD

We wish them all good luck !!

Congratulations to Fruitport Towship Officer Andy Hunt on your recent promotion to Sergeant!

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