Sheriff Jerry Clayton

Jerry L. Clayton is a 29-year criminal justice professional, currently serving his third term as the Sheriff of Washtenaw County. Under Sheriff Clayton, the WCSO is a value and mission driven organization. The Sheriff’s Office service delivery strategy focuses on community engagement, impact, and fiscal responsibility.

During his career with the Sheriff’s Office, Clayton served as a front-line Corrections Officer, Deputy Sheriff and command officer. He was also appointed to the following executive positions; Corrections Commander, Police Services Commander and SWAT Team Commander.

Clayton has been a certified criminal justice trainer and instructor for more than twenty-five years. He has also served as a Governor-appointed commissioner for the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards since 2013. He serves on the board of the Washtenaw Area Council for Children, the local Chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the Washtenaw County Mental Health Treatment Court Advisory Board and the Washtenaw County Continuum of Care Board (ending homelessness).

Sheriff Clayton attended Eastern Michigan University, majoring in Public Safety Administration. He also graduated from the EMU School of Staff and Command.