Calhoun County’s Sheriff will now be serving on a statewide commission to help set the course of law enforcement in Michigan.

Among nine appointments and re-appointments made by Gov. Rick Snyder Wednesday was the choice of Sheriff Matt Saxton of Battle Creek to serve on the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. Saxton has served with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office for almost 25 years, and holds a bachelors in criminal justice from Lake Superior State University. He attended the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command, and the FBI National Academy.

Saxton was nominated for MCOLES by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Scott Stephenson; he will be on the commission to finish out a four year term ending in December 2021.

MCOLES sets professional standards on education, licensing, employment, and more for Michigan’s law enforcement agencies. They also provide funding to further law enforcement and criminal justice goals.