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Meet Your Law Enforcement Team

LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION

 

The primary responsibility of the Law Enforcement Division is to provide the highest quality of public services and safety to the citizens and visitors of Benzie County.
 
Benzie County is situated in Northwestern Lower Michigan, covering approximately 340 square miles, consisting of 54 named lakes and numerous smaller ones, and 25 miles of Lake Michigan Shoreline. The Benzie County Sheriffs’ Office serves a population of 17,800. Our population grows seasonally to approximately 50,000+ during the summer tourist period, which can pose unique challenges for law enforcement.
 
The Benzie County Sheriff's Office is the primary provider for law enforcement services to the Benzie County community, responding to 9157 calls for service in 2012.  This agency provides the best possible protection we can with the resources provided.
 
Services provided by our Law Enforcement Division include patrolling the roads and highways of Benzie County, issuing citations, performing criminal investigations and arresting violators of the law.

 

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PERSONNEL

 

Sheriff Ted Schendel

 Ted Schendel was elected Sheriff of Benzie County in 2012 after serving with the Benzie County Sheriff's Office as a Deputy Sheriff - Law Enforcement and Marine/Snowmobile Deputy.  He came to Benzie County after retiring from the Fort Lauderdale, Florida Police Department after 25 years of service there.

 

Undersheriff Kyle Rosa
Serving Benzie County Since 1989

Undersheriff Kyle Rosa has been with the Benzie County Sheriff's Office since 1989.  He has served as a Marine Deputy, Deputy Sheriff - Law Enforcement, Detective, DARE Officer and School Resource Officer, He was promoted to his current position as Undersheriff in 2015. 

 

D/SGT. Troy Lamerson
Serving Benzie County Since 1997

D/SGT Troy Lamerson has been with the Benzie County Sheriff's Office since 1997.  He has served as a Deputy Sheriff - Law Enforcement, Detective and Sergeant and as Undersheriff . 

 

SGT. Mark T. Ketz
Serving Benzie County Since 1998

 Sergeant Mark T. Ketz has been with the Benzie County Sheriff's Office since 1998.  He serves as a Sergeant and is the Agency's K-9 Handler with his partner "Rexo". 

 K-9 Unit

The K9 unit of the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office provide missing person tracking, building search, narcotics search, and suspect apprehension options for incidents within the county of Benzie.

 Deputy Ketz and K-9 dog "Rexo" currently provide service to Benzie County. In addition to being of service to the citizens of Benzie County, they also interact with numerous kids at schools throughout Benzie County.

 

Deputy Cody Kastl
Serving Since 2001

 Deputy Cody Kastl has been with the Benzie County Sheriff's Office since 2001.  He has served as a Deputy Sheriff - Law Enforcement and Detective. 

 

SGT. Troy Packard
Serving Benzie County Since 2003

Sergeant Troy Packard has been with the Benzie County Sheriff's Office since 2003.  He serves as a Sergeant - Law Enforcement. 

 

Deputy Joe Send
Serving Benzie County Since 2008

 Deputy Joe Send has been with the Benzie County Sheriff's Office since 2008.  He serves as a Deputy Sheriff - Law Enforcement. 

 

Deputy Brad Rykse
Serving Benzie County Since 2011

 Deputy Brad Rykse has been with the Benzie County Sheriff's Office since 2011.  He serves as a Deputy Sheriff - Law Enforcement.

 

Deputy Geoff Miller
Serving Benzie County Since 2012

Deputy Geoff Miller has been with the Benzie County Sheriff's Office since 2012. He has served as a Marine/Snowmobile Deputy, Deputy Sheriff - Corrections and Law Enforcement, special assignments and as Court Bailiff.  

 

Deputy Matt Weaver
Serving Benzie County Since 2015

Deputy Matt Weaver has been with the Benzie County Sheriff's Office  as a full time Road Deputy since 2015.  Deputy Weaver has also served the community as a part-time Snowmobile/Marine Patrol Deputy.

 

Deputy Joel Hutchinson
Serving Benzie County Since 2015

Deputy Joel Hutchinson has been with the Benzie County Sheriff's Office as a full time Road Deputy since 2015.  Deputy Hutchinson is a graduate of Traverse City West High School, and comes to the Sheriff’s Office after serving 5½ years as a City of Detroit Police Officer.

 

Deputy Mitchell Smith
Serving Benzie County Since 2015

 

Deputy James Kosiboski
Serving Benzie County Since 2015

 

Deputy Kirk Parker
Serving Benzie County Since 2015

 

 

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