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Valesano elected MSA president

LANSING — Iron County Sheriff Mark Valesano was elected the 2020 president of the Michigan Sheriff’s Association at the MSA Board of Directors fall meeting in October.
    Valesano’s term began Jan. 1 and will run through Dec. 31. He will be responsible for representing the MSA at various meetings around the state and nationally.
    Valesano is the second sheriff from Iron County to serve as president of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association. He follows Sheriff Edward P. Sandri who served as president in 1965.
    “Sheriff Valesano is the consummate sheriff,” said MSA Executive Director, Sheriff Blaine Koops (Ret.). “He is well respected by his peers. Many of his fellow sheriffs seek Mark out for his guidance and wisdom. As importantly, he enjoys strong support from his constituents in all corners of Iron County. Congratulations Mark on your well-deserved presidency.”
    Valesano is entering his 12th year as Iron County Sheriff. He has been with the Iron County Sheriffs’ Office for over 30 years. Valesano served as an Iron County patrol deputy and was a D.A.R.E. officer for 10 years. Prior to his service with the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, Valesano served as a police officer with the Crystal Falls City Police Department. He has more than 35 years in the law enforcement profession. He also holds professional seats on the U.P. Michigan Municipal Risk Management Board, Iron County Kinship Board, the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Board, and the Iron County Collaborative Board.
    Valesano holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University. He also is a graduate of the Northern Michigan University Police Academy. He is a certified police officer in the state of Michigan.
    Valesano and his wife Linda have been married for 40 years and they have three grown children and two grandchildren. The Valesanos are members of the Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Crystal Falls. Valesano is an avid outdoorsman, loves to golf and spend time with his family.