Major County Sheriffs' Association




Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard


Vice President Legislative and Governmental Affairs

On January 11, 1999, Michigan Senator and Majority Floor Leader Michael Bouchard accepted the appointment as successor to Sheriff John F. Nichols who passed away suddenly. In 2000 Sheriff Bouchard was elected and in November of 2004 he was returned to Office with the largest number of votes for any contested candidate in Oakland County. His current term will expire on January 1, 2009.

Oakland County Sheriff's Department is one of the nations largest sheriffs departments, overseeing 1,200 employees and managing an annual budget of $115 million dollars.

Sheriff Bouchard has 18 years of law enforcement experience as well as 18 years experience as a state and local legislator.  Prior to his election as sheriff, he served on the Beverly Hills MI Village Council, in the Michigan House of Representatives and in the Michigan Senate where he Majority Floor Leader.

Sheriff Bouchard holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Police Administration, Michigan State University.  In addition, he is a graduate of the Mid-Michigan Law Enforcement Center where he was Valedictorian and of the Darden Program for Emerging Political Leaders of the University of Virginia.

His many honors include awards as Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Police Officers Association of Michigan.  He has served as Chairman of the National Sheriffs Association Congressional Affairs Committee.  He founded and served as President of the Oakland County Fallen Heroes Fund.



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