SHERIFF'S CORNER: Calls for Service, June 2022

Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin

Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin

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With the August 2nd primary election coming up, the question was posed to me: "Can a person who has been convicted of a felony or have a criminal history run for public office?"

It is a common misbelief that if you have any criminal conviction you are ineligible to run for public office such as a state representative, drain commissioner, constable, township clerk or county commissioner.

The Michigan Constitution of 1963, art. XI, § 8, states:

“A person is ineligible for election or appointment to any state or local elective office of this state and ineligible to hold a position in public employment in this state that is policy-making or that has discretionary authority over public assets if, within the immediately preceding 20 years, the person was convicted of a felony involving dishonesty, deceit, fraud, or a breach of the public trust and the conviction was related to the person’s official capacity while the person was holding any elective office or position of employment in local, state, or federal government. This requirement is in addition to any other qualification required under this constitution or by law. The legislature shall prescribe by law for the implementation of this section.”  

So, it appears the answer is yes ... you can have a criminal conviction as long as it is after a certain timeframe from the date of conviction and falls under certain guidelines.

There is, however, one clause that would permanently ban someone from public office. That would be a conviction for a public officer accepting a bribe under state law. 

MCL 750.118 states:

“Any executive, legislative or judicial officer who shall corruptly accept any gift or gratuity, or any promise to make any gift, or to do any act beneficial to such officer, under an agreement, or with an understanding that his vote, opinion or judgment shall be given in any particular manner, or upon a particular side of any question, cause or proceeding, which is or may be by law brought before him in his official capacity, or that in such capacity, he shall make any particular nomination or appointment, shall forfeit his office, and be forever disqualified to hold any public office, trust or appointment under the constitution or laws of this state, and shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not more than 10 years, or by fine of not more than 5,000 dollars.” 

CALLS FOR SERVICE

It's time for the monthly "calls for service" report. This will provide you with an idea of the prior month's response for public safety services within the county.

  • 3500/VCSA    1
  • 911 Hang Up    5
  • Abandoned Call    3
  • Abandoned Vehicle    12
  • Accidents Falls    26
  • Agricultural Fire    1
  • Alarms        40
  • Animal Bites    1
  • Animal Control    50
  • Annoyance Threats    5
  • Assault        6
  • Assisting Other Agencies    18
  • Attempt To Locate / Well Chk    28
  • Be On The Look Out    8
  • Bleeding    7
  • Breaking And Entering    11
  • Breaking And Entering In Progr    2
  • Breathing Difficulty    22
  • Business Property Check    34
  • Car Animal    2
  • Car Deer        17
  • Chest And Heart Problems    12
  • Child Abuse    1
  • Choking        2
  • Citizen Assist    3
  • Civil Complaints    12
  • Civil Standby    6
  • Code K        8
  • Covert Opps    1
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct    4
  • Diabetic        5
  • Disorderly Person    1
  • Disturbance    12
  • DNR Complaint    3
  • Domestic    10
  • Driveaway    1
  • Dumping Complaint    3
  • EAS Notification    2
  • EMS Coverage    52
  • EMS Transfer    61
  • Fire Alarm    9
  • Fire Assist    1
  • Follow Up    48
  • Foot Patrol    3
  • Found Property    5
  • Fraud        3
  • Gas Odors    7
  • Harassment    11
  • Head Injury    2
  • Illegal Burning    5
  • Jail Pick Up/Transport    23
  • Juvenile        3
  • Juvenile Runaway    3
  • Larceny        33
  • Lift Assist    8
  • Lines Down    12
  • MDOP        7
  • Medical Alarm    4
  • Mental Emotional    7
  • Missing Person    2
  • Motorist Assist    9
  • Open Line    2
  • ORV  Traffic Stop    43
  • ORV   Accident    9
  • Overdose    6
  • Pain Back Abdominal    9
  • Paper Service    20
  • Personal Injury Accident    9
  • PPO Request Violation    2
  • Property Check    19
  • Property Damage Accident    11
  • Pursuits        3
  • Reckless Driver    15
  • Reckless ORV    4
  • Road Closed    1
  • Road Hazard    12
  • Rollover    3
  • School Resource Officer    36
  • Seizures        14
  • Shooting    1
  • Sick Unknown    69
  • Smoke/Unknown Fire    11
  • Special Event Coverage    19
  • Stroke        7
  • Structure Fire    4
  • Suicide/Attempted Suicide    4
  • Suspicious Person    4
  • Suspicious Situation    38
  • Suspicious Vehicle    25
  • Traffic Control    1
  • Traffic Stop    186
  • Trespass        6
  • Unconscious Unresponsive    17
  • Unwanted Person    12
  • Vehicle Fire    3
  • VIN Inspection    6
  • Warrant Arrest    10
  • Watercraft Traffic Stop    3
  • Weapons    1
  • Wild Land Fire

— This information is provided to you for clarification on specific laws, and not legal advice. This is not to be construed as a personal opinion, agreement or disagreement of any specific law. Topics covered are for educational and informational purposes only. As needed, excerpts from other articles are used for reference and/or content. If you have any questions on any specific topic, you may always email me your questions to rmartin@co.lake.mi.us.