Undersheriff Elizabeth Darga
Started at the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office in 1987 as a Corrections Officer. She was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 1991, Sergeant 1 in 1997, Sergeant in 2000, Lieutenant in 2002, and Captain in 2011. During her career with the Sheriff’s Office, she has worked as a Traffic & Accident Investigator, Evidence Technician, Fire Investigator, Detective/Team Leader, Macomb Auto Theft Investigator, Uniform Services Lieutenant, Detective Lieutenant, and Administrative Services Captain.
Elizabeth Darga was appointed to the position of Undersheriff on January 16, 2016 by Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. In this role, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the third largest sheriff’s office in the State of Michigan. Undersheriff Darga’s responsibilities also include the department’s $74 million dollar budget while managing over 550 employees. Some of her other duties entail: labor contracts and negotiations, disciplines, and lawsuits.
Undersheriff Darga’s educational background consists of:
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University - 1986
- Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University - 1995
- FBI National Academy, Session 224 - 2006
- Northwestern Police Staff and Command – 2009
- Leadership Macomb – 2017
Undersheriff Darga was an adjunct faculty member for Macomb Community College from 1994 through 2005. She was the Assistant Coordinator for four police academy sessions, an instructor for Domestic Violence at the Macomb Police Academy and a proctor for pre-employment testing.
Undersheriff Darga has received numerous accommodations and awards due to her dedicated service to the citizens of Macomb County. Undersheriff Darga is a board member on the Wayne State Alumni Association Board and is also of member of the following associations: Macomb County Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Southeastern Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, National Association of Women in Law Enforcement and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Commander Jason Abro
Commander Jason Abro was the first Chaldean-American hired by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and began his career as a Dispatcher in 2001. He later was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 2003, fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a police officer. Throughout his tenure at the Sheriff’s Office, he has worked various assignments, including Road Patrol, Marine Division, Investigations, Macomb Township Substation, Mobile Field Force, and Uniform Services.
Commander Abro was assigned to the Detective Bureau as an investigator from 2006 to 2011, later being promoted to Sergeant 1 in 2011 and being re-assigned as the Afternoon Shift Commander. In 2013, Commander Abro was reassigned to the Detective Bureau and held the position of Afternoon Shift Investigator and Team Leader. He was promoted to full Sergeant in 2015, and became the Administrative Supervisor within the Detective Bureau.
In 2016, Commander Abro was promoted to Lieutenant and was designated to supervise the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau. As the Detective Lieutenant, he was responsible for overseeing the Detective Bureau, Youth Bureau, Friend of the Court Investigators, the Polygraph Operator and Criminal Jail Investigations. Commander Abro is also responsible for the creation and supervision of the Crash Investigations Unit. Later in 2018, Commander Abro was designated to the Uniform Services Division, which sought supervision over the K-9 Unit, Fleet, Community Policing, Traffic Unit, Mobile Communications, and Special Events.
Commander Abro has received numerous commendations, including Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year in 2011 and a lifesaving award.
Commander Abro was one of the original members of the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and currently assists with overseeing its operation. Commander Abro was formerly a member of the Macomb County Gun Board.
Commander Abro is a graduate of Macomb Community College and Macomb Regional Police Academy, and is a member of numerous civic and fraternal organizations. He completed Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in 2017.
Captain Steven Briney
Started at the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office in 1994 as a Corrections Officer. He was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 1996, Sergeant 1 in 2002, Sergeant in 2005, and Lieutenant in 2013. During his career with the Sheriff’s Office he has worked as a Field Training Officer, Community Policing Officer, Liquor Control Commission Inspector, Detective Forensic Polygraph Examiner, Jail Administrative Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Detective Sergeant Polygraph Intern Supervisor, Internal Affairs/Professional Standards Sergeant.
He was promoted to the position of Lieutenant on December 16, 2013 by Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. He worked as Lieutenant Shift Commander and Court Services Lieutenant. He managed and oversaw the day-to-day operations as the Macomb Township Substation Lieutenant Commander. Working with Macomb Township on the construction of a 12.5 million dollar Public Safety building project. Lieutenant’s responsibilities also included the acting Reserve Unit Liaison, for the Macomb County Sheriff’s Bike Division.
Promoted to the position of Captain on August 22, 2020. He is currently the Uniform Services Division Commander. He supervises all Road Patrol Operations including the Marine Division, Dive Team, Traffic Services, Court Services – Circuit Court and Transport, as well as all Reserve Units.
Captain Briney is a member of numerous civic and fraternal organizations. He taught interviewing classes for Macomb Community College Detective School. He was appointed to the Board of Forensic Polygraph Examiners, by Governor Grandholm’s Office, for the State of Michigan. Briney has received several Professional Excellence citations as well as the Command Officer of the Year award for his work in the jail as part of the planning division managing six major capital improvement projects which totaled 1.8 million dollars. He successfully coordinated a full-scale mock fire drill involving three responding agencies as well as relocating 200 inmates. In 2016, Captain Briney was elected Class President of Northwestern University's 393rd Class of Police Staff and Command. He currently sits as the President of the Police Officers Labor Union representing Captains, Commanders, and Dispatch Director.
Captain Briney’s educational background consists of:
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University – 1993
- Macomb Police Academy - 1996
- Forensic Polygraph Examiner’s Degree from Maryland Institute of Criminal Justice - 2001
- Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command – 2016
- Leadership Macomb XXV - 2023
Captain Robert Doherty
Captain Robert Doherty was hired by Sheriff William Hackel in 1995 as a Correctional Officer. In 1997 Captain Doherty was promoted to a Deputy Sheriff position. He was assigned to the midnight shift patrolling Macomb Township. In 2007 Captain Doherty was assigned to the County of Macomb Enforcement Team.
In the summer of 2007 Captain Doherty was promoted to the rank of Sergeant 1 becoming the afternoon shift commander. A short time later he was assigned to the Detective Bureau as an investigator. Captain Doherty remained in the Detective Bureau becoming a full sergeant, team leader of the south end, and administrative Sergeant.
In 2015 Captain Doherty was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant reassigned to the midnight shift. From 2016-2019 he was assigned as the Administrative Lieutenant position which oversees the training division, is the civil service Liaison, and oversees scheduling within the Sheriff’s Office. In 2020 Captain Doherty was assigned as the Jail Operations Lieutenant briefly before receiving an opportunity to become the Lieutenant in charge of Macomb Twp. On December 5th, 2020 Captain Doherty received a promotion to the rank of Captain. He briefly became the Jail Administrative Captain before moving to his current position as the Administrative Services Captain.
Captain Doherty has received numerous commendations, from the Sheriff’s Office, Fraternal Order of Police and Macomb Township officials. He previously was a member of the Macomb County Gun Board, Child Death Review Board, Suicide Prevention Coalition, LPT, and the Macomb County Citizen Corp.
Captain Doherty is a lifelong Macomb County Resident. He attended Sterling Heights Stevenson High School. He continued his education at the University of Michigan majoring in general studies through the school of LS&A. He attended the Macomb Police Academy in 1997 and Northwestern Staff and Command in 2016.
Captain Lori Misch
Captain Lori Misch was hired by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office in 1995 as a Corrections Officer. She attended the Macomb Police Academy and was then promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 1997. She was assigned to Macomb Township where she was a community policing officer. She was promoted to Sergeant 1 in 2004 and to Sergeant in 2006. She was assigned as a supervisor in Macomb Township, Detective Bureau, Youth Bureau and Training Division. She was promoted to Lieutenant assigned as Jail Administrative Lieutenant 2017-2021. In 2021, she was promoted to Captain, and is the current Jail Administrator.
Captain Misch has served as a member of the MCSO Crisis Negotiations Team, Macomb County Mobile Field Force, and MCSO Honor Guard.
Captain Misch has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. She attended Center for Police Management and Leadership Studies Staff and Command and Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.
Dispatch Director Angela Elsey
Dispatch Director Angela Elsey began her career with the Sheriff’s Office in 2009 as an emergency Dispatcher. Prior to being appointed Director, she previously served as the afternoon shift Supervisor, training coordinator and CAD administrator.
During her time as Dispatch Director, she has facilitated multiple projects including the completion of an offsite backup Dispatch Center, simulated training center, advanced technology implementations, communications center training program and several service consolidations. Angela is also the 911 Coordinator for Macomb County tasked with maintaining a cohesive relationship amongst all nine Macomb County Dispatch Centers and serves to ensure that requirements and deadlines in the 911 statute are met. This includes reviewing state and local funding sources and expenditures received through 911 mechanisms and reporting on behalf of all 9 agencies to the State 911 Office.
Most recently, Angela successfully led the County wide initiative to secure a local funding mechanism for 911 operations and is currently leading the transition of the entire county to a Next Generation 911 Fiber Optic based network.
Director Elsey has received numerous awards including 2014 Dispatcher of the Year, 2020 Command Officer of the Year, 2019 Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Month, 2020 Tyler Excellence Award and several Professional Excellence Awards throughout her career.
She is the current the Vice President of the Michigan Communications Director’s Association, serves on the State 911 Office Emerging Technology Subcommittee, and is an instructor for the MCDA’s New Director School teaching leadership and personnel management. Angela is a certified ENP (Emergency Number Professional), demonstrating a mastery of the comprehensive knowledge base required for emergency number management and standards. She attended Central Michigan University with a focus in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts and Spanish.
Lieutenant Jeffrey Budzynowski
Lieutenant Jeffrey Budzynowski started at the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office in 1996 as a Corrections Officer. He was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 1999 where he was initially assigned to Road Patrol then moving to the Traffic Bureau and Motor Unit. In 2003, he was assigned to the County of Macomb Sheriff’s Enforcement Team (conspiracy and narcotics). In 2006, Lieutenant Budzynowski was promoted to Sergeant 1 and assigned to the Detective Bureau. In 2007, he supervised a Tri-County Task Force which included Officers from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, MDOC, and the U.S. Marshals. During this time, he was deputized as a U.S. Marshal task force officer. In 2011, Lieutenant Budzynowski was promoted to a Sergeant and assigned to the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team where he supervised the Fugitive Apprehension and Narcotics Divisions.
In 2015, he was promoted to Lieutenant and supervised the Afternoon Shift Road Patrol. In 2016, he was assigned to the Uniform Services Division. In 2017, he was then assigned to the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team and over sought the Narcotics, Fugitive and Computer Crimes units within SET. He was also responsible for the supervision of Deputies assigned to Task Forces with the FBI, DEA and U.S. Marshals. In 2020, Lieutenant Budzynowski was assigned to Court Security Command where he is currently working.
Throughout Lieutenant Budzynowski’s career, he has served on the Macomb County SWAT (2001 – present). He held various positions on the team as Entry Team Operator, Explosive Breacher and Assistant Team Leader. In 2015, he was named the SWAT Commander and holds this position to date.
Lieutenant Budzynowski is a graduate of Macomb Community College (Criminal Justice) and Macomb Regional Police Academy. He has attended Wayne State University and completed Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in 2017.
Lieutenant Jeffery Gornicki
Lieutenant Gornicki currently serves as the Detective Lieutenant in charge of the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team (S.E.T.) and oversees MCSO personnel assigned to special units dedicated to fugitive apprehension, narcotics, auto theft, and computer crimes (D.F.A.T., F.B.I., D.E.A., C.O.M.E.T., M.A.T.S., M.A.C.E.).
Lieutenant Gornicki was hired as a Corrections Officer in 1996 and promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 1998 after attending the Macomb Police Academy. As a Deputy Sheriff, Lieutenant Gornicki was assigned to various patrol substations including the Marine Division, North-end County Patrol, Harrison Township, Mount Clemens, and served as a field training officer (F.T.O.). In 2004, Lieutenant Gornicki received an assignment to the County of Macomb Enforcement Team (C.O.M.E.T.).
In 2006, Lieutenant Gornicki was promoted to the rank of Sergeant-1 and thereafter assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau. In 2010, Lieutenant Gornicki served as the Afternoon Shift Commander of the Macomb Township Substation and was promoted to full Sergeant in 2011. In 2013, Lieutenant Gornicki was assigned to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Traffic Bureau while serving as the Macomb County Traffic Grant Administrator for the Michigan Department of Highway Safety Planning. In 2014, Lieutenant Gornicki received assignment to the Office of Professional Standards where he was responsible for internal affair investigations. Lieutenant Gornicki received his promotion to Lieutenant in May of 2017 and was briefly assigned to Jail Operations before being assigned to Court Services in 2018. In 2020, Lieutenant Gornicki was assigned to the MCSO Detective Bureau (D.B.) and was responsible for overseeing D.B. Supervisors, D.B. Detectives, Youth Bureau, Friend of the Court Investigators, as well as the Polygraph Operator.
From 2003 to 2013, Lieutenant Gornicki proudly served on the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team where he served as a team leader. During his time on the SWAT team, Lieutenant Gornicki was involved with several high-risk incidents and received advanced training in areas of hostage rescue, close quarter combat, as well as various urban and rural sniper tactics. Lieutenant Gornicki attended both the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) sniper and advanced sniper schools.
Lieutenant Gornicki has received several commendations over the course of his career from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office as well as from the Fraternal Order of Police. In 2006, he was awarded “Deputy Sheriff of the Year” by the B.P.O.E. of Mt. Clemens - Lodge #2124. Lieutenant Gornicki attended Oakland University, Macomb Community College, and Eastern Michigan University concentrating on law enforcement and police administration studies. Lieutenant Gornicki is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.
Lieutenant Dan Willis
Lieutenant Daniel Willis started his law enforcement career serving the people as a Police Officer in both the Village of New Haven in 1992 and City of Richmond in 1993.
Lieutenant Willis was hired by Sheriff William Hackel in 1994 as a Correctional Officer. In 1995, Lieutenant Willis was promoted to a Deputy Sheriff position. As a Deputy Sheriff, he worked road patrol including the Traffic Division as a Motor Carrier, a Diver on the Under Water Search and Recovery Team (USRT), the County of Macomb Enforcement Team (COMET), and Oakland Macomb Interdiction Team (OMIT).
In January of 2004, Lieutenant Willis was promoted to the rank of Sergeant 1 becoming the afternoon Shift Commander. While working afternoons, he continued to serve as a member of URST as Team Leader and was a member of the Mobile Field Force and Honor Guard. He remained on afternoons until becoming a Sergeant in 2009.
In 2011, Lieutenant Willis was assigned to the Macomb Auto Theft Squad (MATS) as a Sergeant until moving to the Professional Standards Office in 2017.
Lieutenant Willis was promoted as served as Jail Operations Lieutenant in 2018 until 2020 when he was moved to our Training Division as the Administrative Lieutenant.
Lieutenant Daniel Willis has received citations for Professional Excellence, a Unit Citation, several Sheriff Recognition Awards, and Officer of the Month from the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). He is graduate of Macomb Community College and Macomb Regional Police Academy in 1991 and is a member of several civic and fraternal organizations. He completed Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in 2020 and is currently finishing his Bachelors in Business Administration at Baker College.
Lieutenant Melissa Stevens
Lieutenant Melissa Stevens began her career with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Deputy in 1998. She was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 2003 after completing the police academy. She was assigned to road patrol in Macomb Township on the afternoon shift from 2003 - 2007. In 2007, she was assigned as a Detective, handling investigations for Harrison Township and Mt Clemens. In 2011, she was promoted to Detective Sergeant and assigned to the North End Team in the Detective Bureau. In 2013, she was reassigned as the supervisor of the newly formed Major Crimes Investigative Unit which resolved many high-profile violent crimes. In 2018, she was promoted to Lieutenant, assigned as the supervisor of the Detective Bureau and Afternoon Shift. She is currently the Supervisor of the Macomb Township Substation.
Lieutenant Matthew Pecha
Lieutenant Matthew Pecha was hired as a Dispatcher in 1996 and promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 2000. As a Deputy, he worked various assignments including road patrol, marine patrol, as a Detective on a Conspiracy Crimes unit (C.O.M.E.T.), and as a K-9 handler.
After being promoted to Sergeant in 2007, he worked as a shift commander, as a Detective Sergeant in the Detective Bureau and as a commander with the Marine Division. Upon being promoted to Lieutenant in 2018, he was assigned to command the afternoon shift, including the supervision of jail personnel, road patrol, and dispatch. Lieutenant Pecha is currently assigned to the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team (S.E.T.) and oversees the plain-clothes operations of the Sheriff’s Office.
Lieutenant Pecha earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Justice Studies from Northern Michigan University, attended the Macomb Police Academy, and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Staff and Command.
Lieutenant Gary Wiegand
Lieutenant Gary Wiegand was hired by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office in 1997 as a Corrections Officer. He was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 2000, Sergeant 1 in 2009 and Full Sergeant in 2013. He was promoted to his current rank of Lieutenant in 2019. During his career with the Sheriff’s Office he’s been assigned to several patrol substations and specialized units including Road Patrol, Marine Division, Detective Bureau and Undercover Narcotics.
He was assigned to the Sheriff’s Marine Division for 4 years as a Deputy Sheriff and 1 year as a Sergeant. He holds certifications as a Boating Accident Investigator, Michigan Boaters Safety Instructor and an Ice Rescue Technician/Instructor.
He was assigned to the County of Macomb Enforcement Team (C.O.M.E.T) and the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team (S.E.T) as both a Detective and a Sergeant for a total of 7 years. During that time, he worked Conspiracy Crimes, Narcotics and Fugitive Apprehension, as well as being qualified as an expert witness in the field of “street level narcotics”.
Lieutenant Wiegand has over 15 years of experience as a member of the Sheriff’s Underwater Search and Recovery Team (Dive Team). He is a PADI Certified Master Diver and currently the Dive Team Commander.
Lieutenant Wiegand has over 14 years’ experience as a member of the Sheriff’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) and currently serves as the SWAT Team’s Assistant Team Commander.
Lieutenant Wiegand has received several commendations over the course of his career from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office as well as from the Fraternal Order of Police, including Professional Excellence, Lifesaving and Command Officer of the Year.
Lieutenant Wiegand’s educational background consists of:
- Bachelor Degree in Economics and Accounting from Albion College - 1995
- Macomb Police Academy – 2001
- Advanced SWAT Operations from the Government Training Institute – 2009
- Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command – 2020
Lieutenant Gary Wiegand is currently assigned to the Midnight Shift Commander.
Lieutenant Ryan Ruttan
Lieutenant Ryan Ruttan is currently the Criminal Investigations Lieutenant overseeing the Detective Bureau, Youth Bureau, Polygraph Examinations, School Resource Officers, F.O.C. Investigators, and all Crash Investigations.
Lieutenant Ruttan graduated from Michigan State University with his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. After putting himself through the Police Academy, he began his career in law enforcement with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. In 2002, Lieutenant Ruttan was hired into the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office as a Correction’s Officer. During this time, Lieutenant Ruttan also worked at Capac Police Department part-time as a police officer to keep his police certification active.
Once Lieutenant Ruttan was promoted to Deputy Sheriff, he was assigned to the Traffic Bureau, working OWI enforcement. He also independently ran the abandoned vehicle operations, organizing/planning vehicle auctions at each tow company on these abandoned and forfeited vehicles. After his assignment in the Traffic Bureau, he was assigned to work the Harrison Substation. Lieutenant Ruttan then was assigned to the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team (SET) working in plainclothes handling narcotic cases, managing undercover operations, coordinating confidential informants and conducting criminal surveillance. This led to an assignment as a Task Force Officer with the US Treasury Department IRS Criminal Investigation in Detroit, Michigan where he investigated both federal and state crimes. He was later assigned to the Mt. Clemens Substation and then to the Detective Bureau for a number of years.
When Lieutenant Ruttan was promoted to Sergeant, he was initially assigned to Midnight Shift Command. He was later reassigned back to the Detective Bureau as the Administrative Sergeant for a number of years, handling several large-scale criminal cases, later promoted to Lieutenant of Uniform Services and oversaw Dayshift Road Patrol, Fleet, Community Policing, Traffic Bureau, K-9 Unit, Mobile Communications and Special Events. Lieutenant Ruttan was a 11-year veteran Master SWAT Operator on the Macomb County SWAT Team.
Lieutenant Ruttan has received citations from the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) for Meritorious Service, in addition to Professional Excellence Awards from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office. In 2017, he was Command Officer of the Year. In 2021, Lieutenant Ruttan attended Northwestern University – School of Staff & Command and was a part of graduating class #494.
Lieutenant Kevin Gillespie
Lieutenant Kevin Gillespie started his career at the Macomb County Sheriff Office in 2000 as a Corrections Officer. He was primarily assigned to the work release program as well as the booking / intake area.
In 2003, Lieutenant Gillespie was promoted to the rank of Deputy where he worked patrol in Macomb Township and on Marine Patrol. While assigned to Macomb Twp., Lieutenant Gillespie also served as a Field Training Officer. In 2007, Lieutenant Gillespie was assigned to the Oakland Macomb Interdiction Team (OMIT) as a DEA task force officer targeting large scale narcotic activity in the tri-county area.
In 2012, Lieutenant Gillespie was promoted to Sergeant 1 and then full Sergeant in 2015. As a Command Officer, Lieutenant Gillespie has worked in Corrections and Road Patrol as well as the Crisis Negotiation Team.
From 2017 – 2020, Lieutenant Gillespie was assigned to the City of Mount Clemens as the Command / Liaison to oversee the day to day partnership between the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and The City of Mount Clemens. During his time in Mount Clemens, Lieutenant Gillespie implemented the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) approach to assisting people in crisis.
Over the past 21 years, Lieutenant Gillespie has been awarded with a Meritorious Citation, Professional Excellence, and 2 Lifesaving Awards.
Lieutenant Gillespie’s currant assignments include, Jail Administration Lieutenant, Veterans Court Liaison, Crisis Negotiators Team Leader and the MCSO CISM peer Support Team Leader.
Lieutenant Justin Locke
Lieutenant Justin Locke began his career with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office in 2000 as a Corrections Officer. He was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 2001 and was stationed in Macomb Township upon his completion of the FTO program. During his time as a Deputy, he was assigned to various assignments such as Road Patrol, COMET Surveillance, Traffic Bureau, and SET Narcotics.
In 2014, he was promoted to Sergeant 1 where he returned to uniform duties on midnight and afternoon shift. He was then assigned to the Macomb Township Substation where he assisted with the daily operations and logistics of the deputies assigned to the station. In 2017, he was promoted to Full Sergeant and continued his assignment in Macomb Township until he was promoted to Lieutenant. Lieutenant Locke currently serves as the Afternoon Shift Commander.
During his career, he has been assigned to various specialized units. He is a member of to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, while also serving as the Mobile Field Force Lieutenant and Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor.
Lieutenant Locke earned his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Macomb Community College and graduated from the Macomb County Police Academy in 2000.
Lieutenant Jeffrey McPherson
Lieutenant Jeffrey McPherson’s involvement with the Sheriff’s Office began early, at the age of 14 when he joined the Explorer program. He later worked as seasonal help in the Training Bureau during high school, and later was hired full-time as a Dispatcher in April 2002. In 2004, Lieutenant McPherson was promoted to Dispatch Leader and in 2007 as a Deputy Sheriff assigned to Road Patrol.
As a Deputy, Lieutenant McPherson worked for several years in the Traffic Bureau, investigating traffic crashes, and focusing on enforcement to the county’s local and secondary roadways. After serving in the Traffic Bureau, he worked in the Harrison Township Substation on the afternoon shift. In 2016, he was assigned to the Detective Bureau, primarily investigating cases in the City of Mount Clemens and Harrison Township.
In 2018, Lieutenant McPherson was promoted to Sergeant-1 and oversaw afternoon shift Road Patrol, Dispatch and Jail. In late 2018, he was assigned to the Administration as the Uniform Services Sergeant, managing the departments fleet, garage, special events, portable & mobile radios and in-car and body-worn cameras. In 2020, Lieutenant McPherson was promoted to Sergeant and Lieutenant in 2021.
Lieutenant McPherson was a member of the Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. team for over 12 years, achieving Master Operator and Master Sniper. He is a former member of the Mobile Field Force and currently oversees the agencies Explorer Post as Advisor. Lieutenant McPherson serves as the Sheriff’s Office liaison to the Village of New Haven and Lenox Township.
Lieutenant McPherson attended Macomb Community College, the Macomb Police Academy and the Northwestern University School of Staff and Command. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and has received numerous awards and commendations, including two for Life Saving. Lieutenant McPherson was the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Command Officer of the Year in 2021.
Lieutenant Daryn Santini
Lieutenant Santini began his career at the Mt. Clemens Police Department. He was hired as a dispatcher in 1995 and was promoted to a patrol officer in 1999.
Lieutenant Santini was hired in 2005 by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and was assigned directly to road patrol duties. As a deputy sheriff he worked road patrol and undercover narcotics at the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team (SET).
In 2015 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant 1 and in 2017 was promoted to full Sergeant. During his time as a Sergeant he was a midnight shift command officer and Sergeant in charge of the SET narcotics unit.
In 2022, Daryn Santini was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as the afternoon shift Lieutenant.
Lieutenant Santini is a lifelong resident of Macomb County. He attended and graduated Mt. Clemens High School, Macomb Community College and the Macomb Police Academy. He has also completed the Northwestern University School of Police Supervision as well as the MSP and DEA narcotic schools.
Lieutenant Santini is the recipient of several departmental citations, commendations and lifesaving awards. He was awarded the Mt. Clemens Elks Lodge “Deputy of the Year” in 2007 and the Macomb County Sheriff’s Deputy of the year in 2010.
Dispatch Operations Manager Elizabeth Bagos
Dispatch Operations Manager Elizabeth Bagos began her career with Macomb County Sheriff’s Office in 2010 as a 911 Dispatcher. In 2018, she was promoted to Dispatch Supervisor, assigned to the midnight shift. Elizabeth has also occupied the positions of Training Coordinator and CAD Administrator.
As the Dispatch Operations Manager, Elizabeth is second in command to the Dispatch Director and her responsibilities include operational oversight of the center, leading and coordinator projects, implementing procedural changes, and managing software implementations and upgrades. Elizabeth directly oversees the Dispatch Training Program, coordinates hiring events, dispatch candidate testing and manages continuing education for current dispatchers. As CAD Administrator, Elizabeth is responsible for the overall health and maintenance of all Dispatch software systems. She serves on the Tyler Technology CAD advisory board, leads the Tyler Technology/Macomb County user group, and is a Tyler Technology Michigan user group committee member.
In addition, Elizabeth serves on the State 911 Training Subcommittee for Michigan where she works with fellow members to ensure that requirements defined in the 911 statute are met amongst all public safety answering points throughout the state. Elizabeth also holds a CMCP certification (Center Manager Certification Program), a professional certification designed for 911 center managers and supervisors.
Lieutenant Eric Ehrler
Lieutenant Eric Ehrler is currently the Midnight Shift Lieutenant who oversees patrol, jail and dispatch operations.
Lieutenant Ehrler began his career in 1999 as a Corrections Officer. After working in the Macomb County Jail for 3 years, he put himself through the Macomb Police Academy as he continued to work the afternoon shift and weekends.
Once Lieutenant Ehrler was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 2002, he was assigned to the Traffic Bureau, working OWI Enforcement. After his assignment in the Traffic Bureau, he was assigned to work the Mt. Clemens Substation for several years. Lieutenant Ehrler then became a Detective in 2010 handling all types of criminal investigations in the Detective Bureau. He became the Officer in Charge of numerous high profile cases which included violent Criminal Sexual Conduct, Homicide, Child Abuse, as well as Criminal Enterprise and Racketeering. In 2016, Lieutenant Ehrler was promoted out of the Detective Bureau and became a Sergeant on the midnight shift.
Shortly thereafter, Lieutenant Ehrler was reassigned back into the Detective Bureau as the North-End Team Leader overseeing a team of detectives and several School Resource Officers. Since then, Lieutenant Ehrler has worked in the Professional Standards division handling Internal Investigations and civil liability as well as becoming the Administrative Sergeant in the Detective Bureau until he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2023.
Lieutenant Ehrler has been a Crisis Negotiator on the Macomb County Sheriff’s Crisis Negotiation Team for the last 7 years, a Macomb Police Academy Instructor and has developed the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Vehicle Operations program which has 10 instructors. He is also responsible for creating policy and developing the Vehicle Pursuit Review Board. Lieutenant Ehrler has received awards for Professional Excellence, Lifesaving and has successfully completed the Shield Institute – Command Level One course.