Emmet County Sheriff’s Office


The following is a statement issued Wednesday, July 15, from Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin:
    “On July 13, 2020, Governor Whitmer implemented Executive Order 147, which requires citizens to wear a protective face covering. I believe the Governor issued that order because she feels it was necessary to protect citizens from the COVID-19 pandemic. It has led to considerable confusion within the law enforcement agencies and the public. These are difficult times for law enforcement across the country and I feel educating and encouraging the public to take appropriate actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 will be more beneficial than strict enforcement action.
    “Effective this date, the official position of the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office if we receive calls for violation of the Executive Order 147 is to continue to educate the public on the benefits of wearing a face covering in enclosed public places and crowded outdoor spaces. We will stress that wearing a mask will slow the spread and saves lives. We will not, however issue citations to individuals not wearing masks, but will remind people to respect a business or store’s requirements to wear a mask. Non-compliant store guests who do not leave when asked, may be prosecuted for trespassing or disorderly conduct under Michigan law.
    “Violations of businesses not requiring masks will be forwarded to the Emmet County Prosecutors Office, Health Department of Northwest Michigan and MIOSHA.”

SERVICE CHANGES as of MAY 26, 2020 due to COVID-19
      Beginning May 26, 2020, the Sheriff’s Office lobby areas will be open to the public. While inside the lobby areas, all visitors are required to wear a face covering or mask and to maintain physical distancing guidelines to keep at least six feet from all other not in your household. Citizens are encouraged to call (Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) prior to visiting a Sheriff’s Office location to determine if the requested service can be handled remotely.
         Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Division (231) 439-8900
         Corrections Facility (231) 347-2032

      Other changes include:
      • JAIL VISITATION: Suspended until further notice
      • PRELIMINARY BREATH TEST: Suspended until further notice
      • FINGER PRINTING: By appointment only, Monday and Friday between 9-11 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.
      • PISTOL SALES RECORDS: Mail to Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, 450 Bay St., Petoskey MI 49770
      • PISTOL PURCHASE PERMITS: Available at both Sheriff’s Office locations
      • BONDS: There are no interruptions in bond payments for any inmate at the Emmet County Jail and will be available 24/7.
      • FOIA REQUESTS: Requests for all reports may be submitted online here.
      • ACCIDENT REPORTS: Request forms and procedure available online here or by US Postal Mail.


Emmet County Sheriff’s Office has three different offices located throughout Emmet County.

Downtown Petoskey location
Jeffrey P. Bodzick Administrative Office & Correctional Facility

Brenda K. Ford, Administrator
450 Bay Street,
Petoskey, MI. 49770
Tel: (231) 347-2036
Fax: (231) 348-0666

M-119/Road Patrol location
Richard L. Zink Law Enforcement Center

Officer in Charge: Lt. Randy Kloss
3460 M-119 (Harbor-Petoskey Road)
Harbor Springs, MI  49740
Tel: (231) 439-8900
Fax: (231) 439-8917

Administrative Hours – Downtown Petoskey and M-119/Road Patrol offices
Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed on holidays)

Pellston Regional Airport Office
1393 N. US-31 Hwy
Pellston, MI  49769
Tel: (231) 539-8414
(this location is open 30 minutes before flights take off)

Sheriff Peter A. Wallin
pete wallin sept 2015 WEB

Sheriff Wallin was appointed by a three-member board after the death of Sheriff Jeffrey P. Bodzick. Sheriff Wallin began with the Office as a road deputy in 1981, later being appointed to the position of Undersheriff by Sheriff Bodzick. Sheriff Wallin is also a long time resident of Emmet County.

Undersheriff Michael Keiser

Undersheriff Keiser was appointed by Sheriff Wallin in 2018. Undersheriff Keiser is lifelong resident of Emmet County. Undersheriff Keiser is a graduate of Lake Superior State University and the Eastern Michigan School of Staff and Command. Undersheriff Keiser began his career with Emmet County in 1994 serving in many capacities, including Marine Deputy, Deputy Sheriff, Corporal, Sergeant., Sgt. Detective, and Lieutenant.

Jail Administrator Brenda K. Ford



Administrator Ford was appointed by Sheriff Wallin in 2003. Prior to this position, Administrator Ford served as a Corrections Officer and has been with the Office since 1996. She is a life long resident of Emmet County, graduating from Harbor Springs High School.

Emmet County, Michigan
200 Division Street, Petoskey MI 49770
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