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Montcalm Sheriff names new Undersheriff

Andrew Doezema is the new Montcalm County Undersheriff.

Sheriff Mike Williams is happy to announce Andrew Doezema as the next Montcalm County Undersheriff. 

As Undersheriff, he will oversee the Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Administrative divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. He will also serve as interim Jail Administrator while that position is vacant. 

Having served as a deputy sheriff, road patrol sergeant, and detective sergeant, Andrew brings 18 years of experience to his new position. His experience includes administration, advanced investigation, supervision, training, and patrol. 

Doezema is a licensed attorney, former president of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office chapter of the Command Officer’s Association of Michigan, forensic interviewer, speed measurement instructor, and Field Training Officer. 

He holds a Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Calvin College. 

Away from the Sheriff’s Office, Doezema enjoys travelling with his family, running, water and snow sports, and tinkering in his shop.

He replaces former Undersheriff Brian Waber, who retired at the end of March after a 33-year career with the MCSO.

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Montcalm Sheriff appoints new Undersheriff

Lieutenant Brian Waber has been promoted to Undersheriff for Montcalm County.

Lieutenant Brian Waber has been promoted to Undersheriff for Montcalm County.

As of Tuesday, January 8, residents in Montcalm County have a new Undersheriff.

Lieutenant Brian Waber has been promoted to Undersheriff for the Montcalm County Sheriff Department. He replaces Michael J. Williams, who was voted in as Sheriff.

Waber graduated from Ferris State College in May 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He was hired at the Sheriff’s Office in 1986. He was promoted to rank of road patrol sergeant in 1996 and to Road Patrol Lieutenant in June 2013.

“Brian was pivotal to the development of our current Field Training (FTO) program and was department Field Training Officer for over 20 years,” said Williams. “He has served as the department LEIN TAC and also a MISSION investigator through Michigan Sheriff’s Association. He currently sits on the Central Dispatch Technical Advisory Committee as well as the Montcalm County Drug Disposal Coalition.”

Waber previously worked part time with the Howard City Police Department for over 21 years.
His official duties began on January 8.

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Chief Deputy promoted to Undersheriff


Michelle LaJoye-Young, formerly Chief Deputy of the Kent County Sheriff Department, was promoted to Undersheriff on June 1. She is the first female to serve in the position of Undersheriff for Kent County.

Young started her career at Kent County when she was hired as a Corrections Officer December 11, 1989. She was promoted to Sergeant assigned to Records Bureau July 11, 1994; promoted to Lieutenant November 29, 1999; became a Captain January 1, 2007; and promoted to Chief Deputy January 1, 2011.

Young served in the Army National Guard and Reserves starting in 1985 and left as a Captain in 1998. She attended Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy; obtained her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University. She graduated from Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in 2012.

Young represents the Sheriff’s Office and Kent County on a variety of committees locally, statewide and nationally.

As Chief Deputy, Young was one of the officials instrumental in putting together the package for the City of Cedar Springs, when they decided to contract law enforcement services with Kent County.

Young replaced former Undersheriff Jon Hess, who recently retired.

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