Sheriff Matthew M. Saxton was born June 30th, 1969, to Fred and Mary Jane Saxton of Homer, Michigan, where he lived until 1994. Sheriff Saxton continues to reside in Calhoun County, living in the Battle Creek Area since 1994. Matt met his wife Heidi, at Lake Superior State University. They married in 1994, and have three children. Sheriff Saxton and his family are members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Battle Creek.
Sheriff Saxton graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Corrections from Lake Superior State University in 1993. He joined the Homer Police Department in 1993, before beginning his career with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. From 1994, until today, Sheriff Saxton has served in the roles of Corrections Deputy, Law Enforcement Deputy, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and now the Sheriff of Calhoun County. Sheriff Saxton is a graduate of the Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff and Command. Sheriff Saxton graduated from the FBI National Academy #230 in 2007. He is also a graduate of the New Sheriff’s Leadership Institute, provided by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association.
Undersheriff Timothy A. Hurtt
Timothy Hurtt was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and raised by his parents David and Nellie Hurtt, the oldest of three brothers. He is married to his wonderful wife Jennifer and they have a son and a daughter. Tim is also the father of four sons from a previous marriage.
Undersheriff Hurtt began his career in law enforcement in June of 1984, as a Special Deputy Sheriff for the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department. In March of 1985, he was hired as a Police Officer by the Battle Creek Police Department, and later promoted to Detective in March of 1990. After working violent crimes in the city for more than twelve years, Tim was promoted to Inspector in July of 2002, and led the Office of Professional Standards until retiring in July 2010. After leaving the City of Battle Creek, Undersheriff Hurtt became the first Police Chief for the Kellogg Community College, Department of Public Safety in February of 2011.
Undersheriff Hurtt is a graduate of Lansing Community College’s 36th Mid-Michigan Police Academy, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Western Michigan University. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff and Command.
Chief Deputy Randy Hazel
Randy Hazel has been a member of the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office since he joined the agency in March 1994, with the opening of the new correctional facility. He began his management career in 2001, when he was promoted to Sergeant, where he gained valuable experience as the Corrections Division Shift Supervisor, Training Division Coordinator, and Transport Division Supervisor. In February 2009, Chief Deputy Hazel was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as the Corrections Division Shift Commander, where he remained until January 2013. That same year, he became the Manager of the Office of Professional Standards/Internal Affairs Division. In August 2014, Chief Deputy Hazel was promoted to Captain/Assistant Jail Administrator.
Chief Deputy Hazel is a graduate of Kellogg Community College and Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.