ALPENA, Mich. — Alpena County Sheriff Steven Kieliszewski received special recognition today. The Michigan Sheriff’s Association awarded him the Distinguished Sheriff’s Award. Kieliszewski was joined by colleagues and family at the Howard Male Conference Room in Alpena.
CEO and Executive Director Matt Saxton was there to help present the award. He explained there are certain standards that a distinguished sheriff must meet including serving 3 terms or 12 years in their county, continuing a professional education, and being in good standing with the Michigan Sheriff’s Association. Saxton said Kieliszewski met all of these requirements and more. “He’s just a sheriff’s sheriff,” he said. He just does and outstanding job, not only here in Alpena County but serving with the Michigan Sheriff’s Association as well.”
Sheriff Kieliszewski said that he applied some time ago, but was not expecting to win, so when he was notified, it was a nice surprise. “I’m very pleased,” he said. “It’s very nice to be recognized, not only by your peers but also through the Michigan Sheriff’s Association, an organization I hold to high regards. So, this award means a lot to me.”
Moving forward, the Distinguished Sheriff said he will continue to do his best for Alpena and surrounding areas. “We’re going to continue marching forward. We have a lot of work to do in the sheriff’s office. We have certain goals that I want to meet and I’m going to try and meet those goals to the best of my ability.”