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Michigan Sheriff's Association

Washtenaw County

Sheriff: Sheriff Jerry Clayton

Address: 2201 Hogback Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Telephone: 734-971-8400


Jerry L. Clayton is a 29-year criminal justice professional, currently serving his third term as the Sheriff of Washtenaw County. Sheriff Clayton leads an organization of approximately 420 staff, serving a population of over 358,000, covering a 720 square mile geographical area.  Under Sheriff Clayton the WCSO is a value and mission driven organization. The Sheriff’s Office service delivery strategy focuses on community engagement, impact, and fiscal responsibility.
During his career with the Sheriff’s Office, Jerry served as a front-line Corrections Officer, Deputy Sheriff and command officer. He was also appointed to the following executive positions; Corrections Commander, Police Services Commander and SWAT Team Commander).
Jerry has been a certified criminal justice trainer and instructor for more than twenty-five years, specializing in a number of areas including; Cultural Diversity, Bias-Free Policing, Organizational Management and Leadership.  Sheriff Clayton has provided training, monitoring and Subject Matter Expert consulting services to a variety of private and public sector clients, including the United States Department of Justice, the National Sheriff’s Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Jerry has also served as a Governor appointed commissioner for the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards since 2013. MCOLES is responsible for developing and managing the training and licensing standards for all law enforcement officers in Michigan. Sheriff Clayton recently served as Chairperson for the commission.
Sheriff Clayton serves on the boards of numerous local organizations. These include the Washtenaw Area Council for Children, the local Chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the Washtenaw County Mental Health Treatment Court Advisory Board and the Washtenaw County Continuum of Care Board (ending homelessness).  He is also a member of numerous other community service and law enforcement organizations.
Jerry has received international recognition for his work in the Criminal Justice field. In 2016 he was invited as a representative of law enforcement to attend an international Community Policing conference in Barcelona, Spain. In 2017, at the invitation of the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights, Sheriff Clayton was the representative from the United States and a presenter at an international conference on law enforcement and bias-based policing in Geneva, Switzerland.
Sheriff Clayton attended Eastern Michigan University, majoring in Public Safety Administration.  He also graduated from the EMU School of Staff and Command and numerous other Leadership programs. Jerry is married to his wife of 30 years, Sybil, and has 3 sons.