Former Lake County Undersheriff Mike Dermyer to be recognized 

Columbia Township in Jackson County announced plans to add Dermyer to its First Responders Memorial

Mike Dermyer

Mike Dermyer

Courtesy photo/Betty Dermyer

LAKE COUNTY — Former Lake County Undersheriff Mike Dermyer, who died in 2016, not only served Lake County and the Baldwin community, but also in Brooklyn, Columbia Township, Jackson County, where he served as chief of police. He is now being honored.

The movement to memorialize Dermyer on the First Responders Memorial in Columbia Township began with Police Chief Jay Niles presenting the motion to the township board at the May 16, 2022 regular meeting. The motion passed unanimously.

A date for the ceremony is yet to be set, likely taking place with the recently approved fire department candidates to be memorialized.

"This makes me feel very proud of him and all the hard work he put into that place," said Dermyer's wife, Betty, who is very excited about this tribute to her late husband.

Dermyer served as Chief of Police in Columbia Township in the late 1980s through early 1990s. His life was about duty to others, serving in the U.S. Navy and as a Vietnam veteran. He also was a post commander with AMVETS.

Niles said Dermyer's ability to communicate with citizens really shaped the police agency, and brought a skill set and a knowledge base as a member of the military and as an officer that "commanded respect."

Dermyer spent 44 years in law enforcement starting in Detroit, walking a beat, then patrol, then detective, and undercover narcotics officer and homicide detective.

After serving in Detroit, he came to Columbia Township, where he was Chief of Police before retiring as undersheriff in Lake County, where he built many connections with people in the county.