Sheriff Michael D. Shea
Address: 851 Woodmere Ave. Traverse City, MI 49686
Grand Traverse County Sheriff Michael D Shea was born and raised in Traverse City. He graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1982 and from Michigan State University in 1987 with a BS degree in Ag Engineering Tech (AET). He worked in the private sector for 17 years where he was responsible for the daily operations and management of a Fruit Processing Plant that employed over 100 employees during peak season. He also sat on the Board of Directors and acted as Secretary of the Corporation.
After years of challenges and struggles within the local cherry industry, Mike made the decision to fulfill his lifelong dream and enrolled in the police academy at Northwestern Michigan College. This chapter has since proven to be the most rewarding. He has worked for the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office since 2005 as a patrol Deputy, Field Training Officer, Union Steward, Community Police Officer, Rescue Diver Team Member, Mission Investigator, Detective and Undersheriff. Mike was awarded ‘Employee of the Year’ in 2011. In August of 2023 Mike was appointed as Sheriff of Grand Traverse County to fulfill the remaining term of retired Sheriff, Tom Bensley. Mike believes firmly in leading by example, not only with the Sheriff’s Office but with the Community that he serves.