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Jerry Clayton

Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

A Washtenaw County deputy sheriff should not face charges in a “use of force incident” in Ypsilanti Township from last May.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton about the decision handed down Tuesday afternoon.


Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton will not face a Republican challenger in November after winning his Democratic primary race on Tuesday.  Sheriff Clayton joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the win and the forward-looking plans to address law enforcement and community relations. 


For a second time, Washtenaw County Sheriff, Jerry Clayton, has fended off a challenge from longtime law enforcement professional, Ken Magee. In Tuesday's Democratic primary race, Clayton garnered over 75-percent of the vote. Clayton has no Republican opposition in November. 

In the November, 2016 general election, Magee ran as a Republican against Clayton and lost. Clayton was first elected Sheriff in November, 2008. 

Ken Magee
Ken Magee

Tuesday is primary election day.  Incumbent Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton is being challenged in the Democratic primary by Ken Magee.  Magee has a long career in law enforcement, including a stint as Chief of Police at the University of Michigan.  Magee joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss his candidacy and changes he would like to make, if elected. 


Jerry Clayton
Michigan Sheriffs' Association / misheriff.org

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton is speaking out about police reform, saying recent racial incidents involving police have "sparked a moment requiring immediate action."  He talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry and says that moment needs to be turned into a new era of police reform, criminal justice reform, and societal reform that fundamentally deconstructs institutional systemic and structural racism.


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The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Community Advisory Board for Law Enforcement is requesting and gathering public input on the Sha’Teina Grady El incident.  

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Washtenaw County Sheriff / Facebook

The number of  COVID-19 cases in Michigan and Washtenaw County is flattening.  As such, the economy is slowly starting to reopen.  As more cars hit the roads, law enforcement will begin to step up traffic enforcement.  Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton checked in with WEMU's David Fair to discuss those changes and other issues the department is dealing with as we move through the COVID-19 crisis. 


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County Sheriff / Facebook

Tensions have been running high as the COVID-19 lockdown continues.  Domestic violence calls have increased, while armed protesters once again gathered in Lansing.  Washtenaw  County Sheriff Jerry Clayton addresseed those issues and more in his weekly conversation with WEMU's David Fair.  Additionally, the sheriff previewed another town hall forum he's hosting on Facebook this evening.


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Washtenaw County Sheriff / washtenaw.org

As Governor Whitmer has extended her "Stay Home Stay Safe" order, public safety concerns in Washtenaw County are ongoing.  Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton spoke with WEMU's David Fair about the health of those in the Sheriff's Office and in the county jail and how law enforcement practices are evolving.  Additionally, the Sheriff previews a special Facebook live event tonight that will allow residents to have their concerns addressed by a number of community partners. 


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Washtenaw County Sheriff / twitter.com

Shutdowns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the virus's spread.  However, social isolation and loss of income has led to heightened tensions, an increased number of protests, and a growing number of cases of domestic violence.  Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton joined WEMU's David Fair for a conversation about these topics and more. 


Jerry Clayton
Michigan Sheriffs' Association / misheriff.org

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton will hold a Facebook Live event tonight to touch on matters of public health and safety during the coronavirus crisis.  Clayton joined WEMU's David Fair to provide updates on the health of sheriff's office employees and the inmates in the county jail, on where the biggest concerns are in servicing the community, and what we can learn from operating in the midst of a pandemic. 


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Washtenaw County Sheriff / twitter.com

The COVID-19 pandemic is approaching its peak, but the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is making necessary adjustments.  While some deputies have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and others are quarantined, those on the job are working longer and more staggered shifts.  Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton Joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss operations and the plan to protect and serve as the ourbreak worsens. 


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

Michigan's jails and prisons have typically dealt with overcrowding, which is now more dangerous due to the COVID-19 crisis.  In response, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order designed to protect Michigan's inmates and law enforcement officers.  Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton spoke with  WEMU's David Fair about the adjustments made already and the short and longer term plans to come. 


Jerry Clayton
Michigan Sheriffs' Association / misheriff.org

Like all businesses and services across the nation, law enforcement has had to make serious changes during the coronavirus outbreak.  Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton spoke with WEMU's David Fair about how the county is now being policed during this difficult time.


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

Dozens of coronavirus cases have been reported in Michigan, seven of which are found in Washtenaw County.  This situation has forced local law enforcement officials to make a few changes to their usual routine.  Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton explains how his department has adapted to the public health crisis in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair.


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / washtenaw.org

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department is experiencing a severe staff shortage, particularly in its jail operations.  Despite some media reports this  week, there has not been a "State of Emergency" declaration.  Sheriff Jerry Clayton joined WEMU's David Fair to clarify the situation, as it stands today, and to discuss ongoing efforts to address staffing needs. 


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

A Washtenaw County church is taking steps to improve its security measures after a gunman killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
 


Courtesy photo / Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

Creating a more effective way of utilizing the sheriff's office in the larger countywide effort to deal with mental illness.  That is a more attainable goal following passage of the Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and Public Safety millage on Tuesday.  Sheriff Jerry Clayton joined 89.1 WEMU's David Fair for a look ahead. 


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Election Day is right around the corner, and voters in Washtenaw County will decide what has turned out to be a somewhat divisive ballot measure. It appears on the ballot as the “Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and Public Safety Preservation Millage.”  Those who favor passage of the 8-year, one mill tax say the more than $15 million  it would generate annually is essential to the future of policing at the intersection of mental health services.  Those who oppose it contend too much of the money is being directed inappropriately and may, in fact, be subject to legal challenge.


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

On November 7th, Washtenaw County residents will vote on an 8-year tax, one mill tax question. It's designed to improve public safety and mental health services, but the structure of the proposal has created divisions between communities. Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton discusses his support of the tax proposal with WEMU's David Fair.


On the heels of Monday night's community forum on opioid epidemic and related mental health and public safety issues at Saline High School, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to add to the conversation. The 12th district Democrat from Dearborn shared her family's addiction issues and discussed the need for a change in the social and legislative approach to garner more positive outcomes.  


Lisa Barry

The public is participating in a community conversation Monday night with several elected officials, including Congressman Tim Wahlberg and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with another participant, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton, who shares what he thinks is important about the community conversation...


Opioid
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The opioid epidemic is nationwide and increasing in severity.  That includes Washtenaw County and the state of Michigan.  Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton, Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, and Republican Representative Tim Walberg will host a community awareness forum on the issue in Saline tonight. 

Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative joins WEMU's David Fair  for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor. Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged. 


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

2016 has brought its share of challenges, not the least of which has been racial and ethnic tensions from the police shooting deaths of unarmed black men around the country, to the campaign rhetoric of the President-elect, to the white supremacist messages spray-painted on campus buildings at Eastern Michigan University.  The Washtenaw County Sheriff is hoping, by taking it head-on, this area will be a model for how to address these issues.


Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

Prior to the November general election racial tensions were running on high around the country and in Washtenaw County.  Post-election tensions have only increased with incidents of ethnic and racial intimidation growing in numbers.  In this conversation with WEMU's David Fair, Sheriff Clayton discusses ongoing community engagement efforts and the need for more. 


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Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

Here are the results of various candidate races in Washtenaw County.

Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

It's almost Election Day, and the seemingly endless campaigns seem to have brought up some public safety concerns for both during and after the election.

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton spoke with WEMU about how local law enforcement plans to handle any potential hazards at polling places.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office held the third in its community education series  at Mill Creek Middle School in Dexter on Wednesday evening.  The overall idea is to improve the department's relationship with the community by informing offering insights into how the Sheriff's office operates.
 


Washtenaw County Sheriff
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

The issue of policing and community interaction continues to be a hot-button topic across the country and right here at home.  Racial profiling and use of excessive force are at the top of those discussions.

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