2017 Impact Award Honoree- Sheriff Jerry Clayton

Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton is a 29-year criminal justice professional, currently serving his third term as the Sheriff of Washtenaw County. Sheriff Clayton leads an organization of approximately 420 staff, serving a population of over 358,000.

Jerry has also been a certified criminal justice trainer and instructor for more than twenty years, specializing in a number of areas including; Cultural Diversity, Bias-Free Policing, Subject Control, Organizational Management and Leadership. 

Sheriff Clayton has provided training, monitoring and Subject Matter Expert consulting services to a variety of private and public sector clients, including the United States Department of Justice, the National Sheriff’s Association, the National Institute of Corrections, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

In 2013, Jerry was appointed by the Governor of Michigan to serve on the Michigan Commission On Law Enforcement Standards.  MCOLES is responsible for developing and managing the training and licensing standards for all law enforcement officers in Michigan. Sheriff Clayton recently finished serving as the Chairperson for the commission.

Jerry attended Eastern Michigan University, majoring in Public Safety Administration.  He also graduated from the EMU School of Staff and Command and from the SCH Executive Leadership program.

He is married to wife Sybil. Together they have 3 sons.