CRYSTAL FALLS—Sheriff Mark Valesano is announcing his intention to seek re-election for the office of Iron County Sheriff.
Valesano has been Iron County Sheriff since his appointment to the post in November 2008. He was then elected to a four-year term in November 2008.
Valesano has remained steadfast in his commitment to maintain and enhance all programs within his office that serve the Iron County community.
He is proud to be the leader of a professional staff that has great character and is extremely service oriented, he said.
“We believe that serving our community is who we are, and it is what we do.”
Valesano believes that keeping our citizens and roads safe by active enforcement is important, but providing other non enforcement assistance to our community is equally important.
“When faced with problems with no easy solution, people routinely call the police. Our philosophy at the sheriff’s office is to do whatever is necessary to help those in need.”
Valesano has been committed to the continuous pursuit of additional funding through state and federal granting. He and his staff have been successful in bringing in nearly $600,000 in grants during his term.
“Grant dollars are our own tax dollars coming back to the citizens of Iron County,” said Valesano.
Some of the tools and equipment that have been purchased with grants include a Polaris side-by-side 4 wheeler, tazers, marine patrol boat motor, patrol vehicles, 2011 Chevrolet Search and Rescue pickup and numerous technology upgrades.
“These are the types of tools utilized by our deputies to protect the citizens and visitors of Iron County,” said Valesano, noting that most of these grants have been obtained with little or no match from the county.
When first elected, Valesano made a commitment to help build the professional career development of staff through training and education. He believes that training and education are critical for deputies to provide professional public safety to the citizens of Iron County.
Valesano also believes that training has many other benefits.
“Not only does it build confidence in our deputies, but training also is an investment in the professionals who serve our community.”
Training and educating deputies also helps to protect the county from liability issues and ultimately protects the citizens’ tax dollars. Valesano feels that the bottom line is that training helps his deputies provide the community with the best professional service possible.
Valesano and his wife, Linda, have been married for nearly 33 years and are the parents of three grown children; Marci, Toni and Christian.
He is a member of the Guardian Angels Catholic Church where he and his wife worship. Valesano is also a member of the Michigan Sheriff’s Association, the local Knights of Columbus Council No. 3082, the Tufts-Rondin VFW Men’s Auxiliary and is the Iron County Democratic Party secretary.
He holds professional seats on the U.P. Michigan Municipal Risk Management Board, Iron County Kinship Board and the Iron County Collaborative Board.
Valesano’s goal for 2012 is for the Iron County Sheriff’s Office to maintain staffing and continue to enhance its service to the community.
“We will strive to be a professional sheriff’s office with the goal of making Iron County a safer place to live, work and play.”