EMMET COUNTY NEWS
Sheriff Pete Wallin Marks 40-Year Milestone with the Emmet County Sheriff's Office
He proudly served in the United States Navy Construction Forces (Seabees) from 1974-1977 (active duty) and 1977-1980 (reserve duty) before he was honorably discharged as Petty Officer 3rd Class. Sheriff Wallin received an Associate's Degree in law enforcement from Oakland Community College and he attended Ferris State University, where he was the recipient of a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice.
During his career with the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Wallin has served as a road patrol deputy, corrections deputy, accident reconstructionist, D.A.R.E. instructor, and undersheriff from 1993-2002. He's served at the county's sheriff since 2002. In 2019, Sheriff Wallin was presented the Distinguished Sheriff Award from the Michigan Sheriff’s Association, where he had previously served as the organization's president.
Congratulations to Sheriff Wallin on his 40 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Emmet County!
NEW COMMISSIONER DISTRICT REAPPORTIONMENT MAP ADOPTED
In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau conducted a census of the country as required by law every ten years. On August 12, 2021, members of the Emmet County Reapportionment Commission received the results of that census. With receipt of the county's new population totals, the Reapportionment Commission met on September 10, 2021 and September 28, 2021 to review a plan for apportioning the county's seven commissioner districts. A draft plan was approved by the commission and was presented for public hearing on Friday, October 1, 2021. With no objections to the draft plan during the Oct. 1 meeting, the commission adopted the new district map in a public meeting on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. The Reapportionment Commission will gather for an additional meeting on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 11 a.m., in the Board of Commissioners' room at the county building, to finalize their process. A copy of the approved plan, including the new district map, is linked to below.
COUNTY SEEKS INDIGENT DEFENSE ATTORNEY
PUBLIC INPUT NEEDED!
INVITATION FOR POTENTIAL COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEMBERS
CURRENT OPEN POSITIONS: Advisory Committee on Aging, Construction Resource Committee, and Jury Board.
INFORMATION ON PELLSTON PFAS ISSUE
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) awarded Emmet County a $250,000 grant in July 2020 to investigate the presence of PFAS near Pellston Regional Airport following the detection of the substance in a water sample of a private residence in early 2020. A letter from Emmet County Administrator Mike Reaves was mailed out to Pellston area property owners on Dec. 22, 2020, providing an update on that investigation. EGLE has a comprehensive history of the investigation into the Pellston PFAS site available online which can be reviewed here. More information about PFAS can be found on the state attorney general website and also on the website of the Health Department of Northwest Michigan.
SALE/DISPOSAL OF COUNTY OWNED PROPERTY
Emmet County government frequently has vehicles, lawn and miscellaneous power equipment, tools, furniture and other items which are no longer in use by county departments, but may still have value. Those items are now being put up for sale and listed at Biddergy.com, a worldwide online auction company based in Michigan. Click here to view items listed by Emmet County.