Sheriff Michael J. Poulin
Address: 990 Terrace Street, 6th Floor, Muskegon, MI 49442
Sheriff Michael Poulin is a graduate of Grand Valley State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He has 36 years of law enforcement experience, with the majority of his career spent at the Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Poulin is currently serving his second term as Sheriff. Prior to that he served as the Uniformed Services Division Commander of the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office, serving 12 years as the Tactical Commander for the S.W.A.T. team. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety; Police Staff and Command and Executive Management Programs, where he earned the “Public Safety Executive Leadership Award” from Northwestern University. Sheriff Poulin graduated from the 249th session of the FBI National Academy in June of 2012.
Sheriff Poulin has worked as the grant coordinator for Muskegon County on all grant funded programs for over 15 years. While under his direction, the Sheriff’s Office has received two Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission awards and ten awards for Excellence in Traffic Safety from the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.
In 2012 and 2013 Sheriff Poulin participated with the United Nations Development Program and the State of Kuwait, in support of implementing a “National and Integrated Traffic and Transportation Strategy”. In doing so, Sheriff Poulin has helped to build designated crash investigation units as well as assisting in the establishment of Kuwait’s National Traffic Safety Guidelines. In November of 2018, Sheriff Poulin travelled to Doha, Qatar and presented at an International Traffic Safety Conference, assisting that country with preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Soccer Tournament.
In 2019, Sheriff Poulin was appointed by Governor Whitmer to serve on the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission. Sheriff Poulin currently serves on the Michigan Sheriff’s Association, Board of Directors.