The Office of Sheriff is the only law enforcement office directly accountable to the people; the ultimate authority in a democracy.
The responsibility of the people does not end once they have elected a Sheriff to office. The resources needed by the Sheriffs of Michigan also come from the citizens of Michigan.
Your support for local law enforcement is vital for the continuing development and effectiveness of your county Sheriff’s Office. I do hope you will contribute by becoming a member of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association. Together, we can make a difference.
Blaine A. Koops was appointed CEO/Executive Director and officially began his duties in January 2017. As Executive Director, Koops is responsible for the day to day operation of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, as well as maintaining working relationships with the legislature and various state departments.
Sheriff Koops was a member of the Holland Police Department for 26 years, serving in various capacities including positions in the traffic services division, general patrol, investigative services and command staff. In 1976 he graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. In 1986 he was named Holland’s “Police Officer of the Year” and completed his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University.
In 1987 he accepted the position of Director of Criminal Justice Training at Grand Valley State University. He served in that capacity until 1989, when he returned to the Holland Police Department and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. In 1990 he was promoted to the rank of Captain where he served as
commander of the Administrative Services Division.
Sheriff Koops continued his education and graduated from Northwestern University’s Police Staff and Command School in 1990. In December 1993 he graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBI/NA) in Quantico, Virginia.
In November of 2000 he was elected to the Office of Sheriff in Allegan County, Michigan. Along with his duties as Sheriff, he has served as an adjunct professor for Grand Valley State University’s School of Criminal Justice and was a faculty member of Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice – Regional Center for Community Policing, and has lectured on policy and procedure development for Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.
Sheriff Koops was appointed by the Director of the F.B.I. in 2007 to serve on the National Policy Board for the National Criminal Justice Information System (NCJIS), and also serves on the National
CJIS Advisory Board, the National CJIS Security and Access Committee, and the Security Policy Task Force.
Locally, he has served as the Chairperson of the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council and is President of the Outlook Academy School Board, a strict discipline school for expelled and suspended students in Allegan County. He also had served as State Chairperson for the Michigan Victim Services Committee.
In December 2007, Sheriff Koops was recognized as a Grand Valley State University Distinguished Alumnus. In 2009, he accepted an appointment to serve as a mentor in the New Police Chief Mentoring Program for new chiefs and sheriffs through the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
In 2016 Sheriff Koops was recognized by the Allegan County Bar Association as the Liberty Bell recipient. The Liberty Bell is given to a non-lawyer citizen who has given of his/her time and energy to strengthen the effectiveness of the American system of freedom under law.
Updated January 24, 2017