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Calhoun County Sheriff's Office
161 East Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, Michigan 49014

 

Matthew M. Saxton Sheriff

Sheriff Matthew M. Saxton 

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.

 

Timothy A. Hurtt
Undersheriff

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. 

 

James McDonagh Chief Deputy
 Portrait-McDonagh James McDonagh was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and is the 5th of 12 children. He and his wife Cheryl live in the Battle Creek area and they have two children, along with one daughter from a previous marriage. Jim states: "I am married to the most wonderful woman in the world".

In 1979, after serving three years in the United States Marine Corps, Chief Deputy McDonagh was employed by Midwest Metallurgy and Win Schuler’s. Jim began working for the 10th District Court in 1982. In 1984, he began his career with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy McDonagh has worked in both the Corrections and Law Enforcement Divsions. He has served in the roles of Corrections Deputy, Law Enforcement Deputy, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and now Chief Deputy.

Chief Deputy McDonagh graduated from the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Police Academy in 1992. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff and Command.

 

 
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