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Sgt. Michael Jones Awarded Alpena County’s Officer of the Year

Two members of the Alpena County Sheriff’s Department are being recognized for their hard work the past year.

Sgt. Michael Jones joined the sheriff’s department in 2015 after switching over from the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center. “Since that time, he’s done outstanding work,” said Sheriff Kieliszewski. “He’s investigated over 180 complaints. Of those 180 complaints, he closed 141 of them by arrest which is incredible.”

On Tuesday, Sgt. Jones was awarded the Officer of the Year Award. “Its just a humbling thing,” he said. “You know you come to work every day and try to put in an honest day’s work, and I’ve had a great time working here.”

Throughout his time with the sheriff’s department, Sgt. Jones has shown his commitment to serving his community. “He does outstanding work with building rapport with crime victims and then the ability to talk with suspects and interview them as well,” said Kieliszewski. “Just an outstanding sergeant.”

Sgt. Jones also helps his community in other ways. He helps coach Alpena High School’s robotics team which made it to the national tournament in Houston this year. “It’s a great program,” he said. “I encourage kids to get involved in robotics because there’s so many facets that people don’t realize and so many ways for the kids to grow. We represent Alpena well.”

Cpl. Ryan Wilson was also recognized at Tuesday’s meeting with the Corrections Officer of the Year Award.