Two Northern Michigan Sheriffs Receive Special Master Sheriff Honor

Two Northern Michigan sheriffs have honored by their peers in a big way.

Of the three Michigan sheriffs honored as Master Sheriffs, two were from Northern Michigan.

Mackinac County Sheriff Scott Strait and Emmet County Sheriff Peter Wallin have been named by the Michigan Sheriff Association as Master Sheriffs.

“I couldn’t do it without my staff, we’re here to protect and serve,” said Emmet County Sheriff Peter Wallin.

For almost 17 years, Emmet County Sheriff Peter Wallin has been working to keep the people of Emmet County safe.

“I love being sheriff and providing the great service to 35,000 people I represent, because they are my bosses and I’ve been re-elected and hopefully they think I’m doing a good job,” Sheriff Wallin said.

His peers think he is doing a good job too.

Sheriff Wallin was named a Master Sheriff by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association.

“It was an honor and a privilege to be selected as a Master Sheriff,” said Sheriff Wallin. “My career has been long and it’s been very rewarding, there’s many highlights, and this is one of them.”

This distinction is voted on by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association Board and can only be awarded to sheriffs who have served at least 12 years, and have worked to continue their education.

“I try to do the best I can to promote this office, continuing my education and training so I can pass that along for the people that work for me,” Sheriff Wallin said.

People like Sgt. Sam Hunt.

“I started out working here as he was taking over sheriff so I’ve kind of moved up the ranks with him as my boss the whole time,” said Sgt. Sam Hunt, Corrections Division, Emmet County Sheriff’s Office. “He’s approachable, you can talk to him, he’s around everybody and interacts with everybody.”

Sheriff Wallin also received a special tribute from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Go. Garlin Gilchrist, House Speaker Lee Chatfield, and State Senator Wayne Schmidt.

“It means a lot coming from those four individuals, I’m truly humbled by it,” Sheriff Wallin said.