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Bradley D. Balk - St. Joseph County Sheriff

Bradley D. Balk
St. Joseph County Sheriff

Article XVII, Section 4 of the Michigan constitution provides that each organized county shall elect a Sheriff, who shall serve for a four (4) year term and whose duties and powers shall be provided by Law.

Sheriff Bradley D. Balk began his first term as Sheriff of St. Joseph County in January 2009. The Sheriff is first and foremost, a peace officer under Michigan Law. By Constitution and Statute, the Sheriff is charged with enforcing the laws enacted by the Legislature under the police power of the state, and with discharging the executive law enforcement power for the preservation of public peace within the county.

The Sheriff is responsible for the establishment, maintenance and operation of the St. Joseph County Jail. Michigan Law provides that the Sheriff is primarily responsible for providing patrol and traffic services on county primary and local roads. He has executive duties on the County Concealed Weapons Board, in the recovery of drowned bodies, the enforcement of marine safety, and maintaining local criminal records. The Sheriff is the principal officer for the Michigan Court System, having responsibility for Court security, the execution of orders, judgments and civil process of the Courts.

As an elected official, the Sheriff is directly responsible to the citizens of St. Joseph County for the provision of effective and acceptable law enforcement services, as well as the safe and effective operation of the jail.


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2015 Boaters Safety Classes

The St. Joseph County Sheriff's Office will be conducting Boater Safety Classes for all 12 year old and older. Classes will be held at the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Office training room from 9:00 am (sharp) to 3:00 pm (June 6, 13, 20 and 27).

If you would like to attend one of the following classes please contact the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Office at (269) 467-9045 ext. 221 to reserve a spot as space is limited. When you call please have your child's name, date of birth, address, age and contact phone number ready.

The day of the class the students will need to bring a sack lunch and a #2 pencil.


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Bradley D. Balk


Mark A. Lillywhite

Captain - Operations Administrator

Jason Bingaman

Captain - Jail Administrator

Kitty Buchner

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 339
Centreville, MI 49032

Department Information

St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department
650 E. Main St.
Centreville, MI 49032

(East of St. Joseph County Fairgrounds)
*Driving Directions

Hours: 24 hours a day / 7 days a week

Phone Number:(269) 467-9045
Fax Numbers:
Booking: (269) 467-4009
Administration: (269) 467-6201