New sheriffs to serve, protect mid-Michigan

There’s more than just one new sheriff in town.

A wave of retirements means most of the counties in the 6 News viewing area will have a new top cop by the end of the night.

Among them:

  • Ingham County – Eric Trojanowicz and Scott Wriggelsworth are running to take over for Gene Wriggelsworth. Gene, who is Scott’s father, is retiring after serving as Ingham County sheriff for 20 years. Trojanowicz rose through the ranks for 25 years, earning the rank of Captain, before retiring from the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department. Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth has worked for the East Lansing Police Department for 22 years.
  • Livingston County’s Bob Bezotte is retiring after 3 terms as sheriff and 43 years in law enforcement. Republican Mike Murphy (the current Undersheriff) and Libertarian James Weeks are running to take his spot.
  • Shiawassee County Sheriff George Braidwood is retiring after 8 years as sheriff. Republican Brian BeGole, a current sergeant with the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Department, and Democrat Joe Ibarra, a reserve officer for the City of Owosso, are running to succeed him.
  • Hillsdale County Sheriff Stanley Burchardt is retiring after 5 terms and 20 years as sheriff. Tim Parker is running unopposed for the spot.
  • Clinton County Sheriff Wayne Kangas is retiring after serving as sheriff since 2001. DeWitt police chief Larry Jerue is running unopposed for sheriff.

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