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Michigan Sheriff's Association

Chippewa County

Sheriff: Sheriff Mike Bitnar

Address: 325 Court Street, Ste. 101
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783

Telephone: 906-635-6355


• Sheriff Michael D. Bitnar was raised by his grandparents in Paradise MI, Chippewa County.
• Graduated from Whitefish Twp. School in 1987.
• Graduated from Lake Superior State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and the LSSU Police Academy.
• Lives in Rudyard MI with his wife Ailene and daughter Taylor.
• First hired on with the Chippewa Co Sheriff’s Office in June 1991.
• Sheriff Bitnar has worked the following for the CCSO:
              Uniform division
              Undercover Detective for the multi-jurisdictional drug team SANE
              Marine and Snowmobile Division
              Detective Sergeant
              Appointed Sheriff in Oct of 2016
              Elected Sheriff Nov 2016
• Sheriff Bitnar has attended training in:
              Crime Scene Investigations by both MSP and FBI
              Child Death Review Team
              LSSU Police Academy and Ingham Co Corrections Academy
              Several Narcotics schools put on by MSP and DEA
              New Undersheriff’s School put on by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association
              New Sheriff’s School, MSA. Dec 2016
              Precision Driving Instructor Training by MSP
              Current Senior Instructor for LSSU Police Academy
• Sheriff Bitnar Accomplishments:
              2-time Officer of the year (Elks Lodge 552 in 2002 and VFW Post 3676 in 2005)
              Founding member of TRI-DENT (Tri-County Drug Enforcement Taskforce)
              Current Tri-Dent Vice President
• Sheriff Bitnar believes in the Constitution of the United States and protecting the rights of the people.
• Sheriff Michael D. Bitnar is proud to serve (YOU THE PEOPLE) of Chippewa County.