Sheriff Michael Bouchard runs one of the nation’s largest Sheriff’s Offices, overseeing over 1,400 employees and managing an annual budget of over 177 million dollars. Sheriff Bouchard brings the experience of 35 years of law enforcement and 35 years as an elected official to the position.
On January 11, 1999, Michigan Senator and Majority Floor Leader Michael Bouchard accepted the appointment as successor to John F. Nichols who passed away suddenly. In November of 2020, Sheriff Bouchard was returned to Office for the sixth time.
His current term will expire on January 1, 2025.
Sheriff Bouchard was honored as the 2022 "Sheriff of the Year" by the Michigan Sheriffs' Association. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Ferris E. Lucas Sheriff of the Year award from the National Sheriffs' Association. He is the only sheriff in Michigan to receive both awards.