Welcome to the SJC Sheriff's Department


Bradley D. BalkMark Lillywhite
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 Mark Lillywhite was appointed to fulfill the Sheriff term through 2020. Sheriff Lillywhite is a 25 year employee of the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office and has served in nearly every capacity during that time. He served the department and community as the Undersheriff from 2009 through 2020. Sheriff Lillywhite is married and raising three children in Flowerfield Township.

The Sheriff is first and foremost, a peace officer under Michigan Law. Buy constitution and Stature, 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.

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.


Department Contacts

Mark Lillywhite, Sheriff
(269) 467-9045
Jason Bingaman, Undersheriff
(269) 467-9045
Kitty Buchner, Jail Administrator
(269) 467-9045
Chad Spence , Detective/Sergeant
(269) 467-9045
Erin Goff, Emergency Services Director
(269) 467-9045
Terry "TJ" Baker, Capt/Operations Administrator
(269) 467-9045
Timothy Barnes, Road Patrol Sergeant
(269) 467-9045
Brian Stears , Road Patrol Sergeant
(269) 467-9045
Jerimiah Abnet, Road Patrol Sergeant
(269) 467-9045
Susan Leist , Execuctive Secretary
(269) 467-9045
Rhonda McGlothlen , Typist/Account Clerk
(269) 467-9045
Katrina Rigby , Typist/Account Clerk
(269) 467-9045
Jennifer Meyer, Receptionist
(269) 467-9045


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