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Sheriff Directory

Contact Information

Sheriff Office

325 Court Street

Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Phone:(906) 635-6355

Fax: (906) 635-6336

Sheriff Office

Telephone Numbers:

911 Emergencies

906-635-6355 Sheriff's Office

906-635-7620 Corrections/Jail

906-495-3312 Central Dispatch

(non-emergency complaints)

Office Hours:

Business office is staffed by two deputies during the hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.



Road Sergeant

Marine Deputy

Warrant Officer

Road Deputies


Undersheriff Larry Hough


Sheriff Mike Bitnar

Sheriff Michael D. Bitnar was raised by his grandparents (Fran and Ole Bitnar) in Paradise MI, Chippewa County. He graduated from Whitefish Twp. School in 1987 and then went on to study at Lake Superior State University where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at the LSSU Police Academy.

He currently lives in Rudyard MI with his wife Ailene and daughter Taylor.

Michael was first hired on with the Chippewa Co Sheriff’s Office in June 1991.

picture of the sheriff

Sheriff Bitnar has worked the following for the CCSO:

  • Corrections

  • Uniform division

  • Undercover Detective for the multi-jurisdictional drug team SANE

  • Marine and Snowmobile Division

  • Detective Sergeant

  • Undersheriff

  • Appointed Sheriff in Oct of 2016

  • Elected Sheriff Nov 2016

Sheriff Bitnar has attended training in:

  • Crime Scene Investigations by both MSP and FBI

  • Child Death Review Team

  • LSSU Police Academy and Ingham Co Corrections Academy

  • Several Narcotics schools put on by MSP and DEA

  • Precision Driving Instructor Training by MSP

  • Current Senior Instructor for LSSU Police Academy

  • New Undersheriff's School put on by the Michigan Sheriff's Association

  • New Sheriff's School, MSA Dec 2016

Sheriff Bitnar has attended training in:

  • 2 time officer of the year (Elks Lodge 552 in 2002 and VFW Post 3676 in 2005)

  • Founding member of TRI-DENT (Tri-County Drug Enforcement Taskforce)

  • Current Tri-Dent Vice President

Sheriff Bitnar believes in the Constitution of the United States and protecting the rights of the people.  He is proud to serve (YOU THE PEOPLE) of Chippewa County.

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