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Office of County Executive
Mark A. Hackel

Administration

 

Undersheriff Elizabeth Darga

Undersheriff Elizabeth Darga started at the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office in 1987 as a Corrections Officer. She was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 1991, Sergeant 1 in 1997, Sergeant in 2000, Lieutenant in 2002, and Captain in 2011.  During her career with the Sheriff’s Office, she has worked as a Traffic & Accident Investigator, Evidence Technician, Fire Investigator, Detective/Team Leader, Macomb Auto Theft Investigator, Uniform Services Lieutenant, Detective Lieutenant, and Administrative Services Captain.

Elizabeth Darga was appointed to the position of Undersheriff on January 16, 2016 by Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.  In this role, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the third largest sheriff’s office in the State of Michigan.  Undersheriff Darga’s responsibilities also include the department’s $74 million dollar budget while managing over 550 employees.  Some of her other duties entail: labor contracts and negotiations, disciplines, and lawsuits.

Undersheriff Darga’s educational background consists of:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University - 1986
  • Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University - 1995
  • FBI National Academy, Session 224 - 2006
  • Northwestern Police Staff and Command – 2009
  • Leadership Macomb – 2017

Undersheriff Darga was an adjunct faculty member for Macomb Community College from 1994 through 2005.  She was the Assistant Coordinator for four police academy sessions, an instructor for Domestic Violence at the Macomb Police Academy and a proctor for pre-employment testing.

Undersheriff Darga has received numerous accommodations and awards due to her dedicated service to the citizens of Macomb County.  Undersheriff Darga is a board member on the Wayne State Alumni Association Board and is also of member of the following associations: Macomb County Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Southeastern Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, National Association of Women in Law Enforcement and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

 

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Commander Jason Abro

Commander Jason Abro was the first Chaldean-American hired by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office and began his career as a Dispatcher in 2001.  He later was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 2003, fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a police officer.  Throughout his tenure at the Sheriff’s Office, he has worked various assignments, including Road Patrol, Marine Division, Investigations, Macomb Township Substation, Mobile Field Force, and Uniform Services.

Commander Abro was assigned to the Detective Bureau as an investigator from 2006 to 2011, later being promoted to Sergeant 1 in 2011 and being re-assigned as the Afternoon Shift Commander.  In 2013, Commander Abro was reassigned to the Detective Bureau and held the position of Afternoon Shift Investigator and Team Leader.  He was promoted to full Sergeant in 2015, and became the Administrative Supervisor within the Detective Bureau.

In 2016, Commander Abro was promoted to Lieutenant and was designated to supervise the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau.  As the Detective Lieutenant, he was responsible for overseeing the Detective Bureau, Youth Bureau, Friend of the Court Investigators, the Polygraph Operator and Criminal Jail Investigations.  Commander Abro is also responsible for the creation and supervision of the Crash Investigations Unit.  Later in 2018, Commander Abro was designated to the Uniform Services Division, which sought supervision over the K-9 Unit, Fleet, Community Policing, Traffic Unit, Mobile Communications, and Special Events.

Commander Abro has received numerous commendations, including Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year in 2011 and a lifesaving award.

Commander Abro was one of the original members of the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and currently assists with overseeing its operation.  Commander Abro was formerly a member of the Macomb County Gun Board.

Commander Abro is a graduate of Macomb Community College and Macomb Regional Police Academy, and is a member of numerous civic and fraternal organizations. He completed Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in 2017. 

 

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Captain David Kennedy was hired at the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office in 1990 as a Corrections Officer and later promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 1994. Captain Kennedy was first assigned to the Afternoon Shift Road Patrol for just over 3 years. He then was transferred to the County of Macomb Enforcement Team (C.O.M.E.T.) where he worked as a detective with the Violent Crime Task Force (V.C.T.F.).

Captain Kennedy was promoted to the rank of Sergeant-1 in March of 2000 and then promoted to the rank of Sergeant in September 2002.  Captain Kennedy was transferred into the Detective Bureau in 2003 where he remained as an investigator/team leader until 2011. During his tenure as team leader, he oversaw four other investigators while investigating property crimes and crimes against person(s).

Captain Kennedy was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2011 working the midnight shift and later commanding the Macomb Township substation.  In 2012, Captain Kennedy was transferred back into the Detective Bureau as the commanding officer. This position included supervising detectives, Youth Bureau, Computer Crimes, Friend of the Court investigators and the polygraph operator.

Captain Kennedy was promoted to the rank of Captain in January 2016. He now oversees all investigative units within the Sheriff’s Office including: Detective Bureau, Sheriff’s Enforcement Team, Macomb Auto Theft Squad, S.W.A.T. and the Training division.

Captain Kennedy’s educational background:

  • Fenton High School – 1982
  • Siena Heights University – Bachelor of Applied Science – 2008
  • Macomb County Public Service Institute Center for Police Management and Leadership Studies - 2011
  • Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command - 2014
  • FBI National Academy - 2017

 

Captain David Daniels

Captain David Daniels is currently the Uniform Services Division Commander.  He supervises all Road Patrol Operations including the Marine Division, Dive Team, COMTEC Dispatch Operations, Traffic Services, Court Services – Circuit Court and Transport, as well as all Reserve Units.

Captain Daniels began his career in February 1988 as a corrections officer.  He worked the area of the jail that housed inmates from the Michigan Department of Corrections.  He was later assigned to the booking intake desk.

He was promoted to Deputy in 1996 where he was assigned to the Harrison Township substation.  Captain Daniels also worked in the Traffic Division as an Accident Investigator and Breath Test Operator.

Captain Daniels was promoted to Sergeant in 1999, where he was assigned to the Detective Bureau.  He also worked at the Macomb Auto Theft Squad (MATS) for 4 years.

Captain Daniels was promoted to Lieutenant in December 2006.  He worked as the Administrative Lieutenant where he served as the Southeast Michigan Regional Citizens Corp Director.  He was later assigned back as the Supervisor of the Macomb Auto Theft Squad overseeing 7 investigators from 5 different law enforcement agencies.

Captain Daniels went from MATS directly to supervise the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team (SET) in 2012.  In total he has worked in plain clothes/undercover capacity for 10 years, investigating and supervising auto theft, fraud, narcotics, major crimes and fugitive apprehension cases.

Captain Daniels is a lifetime resident of Macomb County.  He attend Macomb Community College and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corp.  Throughout his career, he has received numerous citations from the Sheriff’s Office, as well as other agencies including Michigan State Police, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Troy Police Department and Michigan Auto Theft Prevention Authority.

 

Captain Walter Zimny

Captain Walter Zimny is the Corrections Services Division Commander. He oversees all Corrections Services to include Inspections/Accreditations, Policies & Procedures, Mental Health Services, Food Services/Commissary, Medical Services, Prisoner Funds, Prisoner Phone Services, Substance Abuse, Counseling, Educational Programs, Ministry, Volunteers, Contract Administration, Community Corrections, Building Maintenance, Reimbursement and oversight of all Jail Operations Staff.

Captain Zimny’s career in Law Enforcement began in 1987 when hired as a Correctional Officer. He was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 1990, Sergeant I in 1996, Sergeant in 2000, Lieutenant in 2002 and Captain in 2016.

As a Ranking Officer, Captain Zimny has held the titles of Jail Commander, Road Patrol Commander, Shift Commander, Youth Services Division Commander, Detective Bureau Lieutenant, Traffic Division Supervisor, Jail Operations Lieutenant, Training Division Supervisor and Office of Professional Standards Supervisor.  He also serves as the acting Reserve Unit Liaison for the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Division and the A.C.E. (Accessibility Compliance Enforcement) unit within the Sheriff’s Office.

Captain Zimny obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University. He is a graduate of Northwestern University Center of Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command. He also attended the 251st Session of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

 

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Lieutenant Lawrence Duda Jr.

Lieutenant Lawrence Duda is currently assigned to the Macomb Auto Theft Squad (MATS) since 2017, which is a joint task force which includes numerous police agencies within Macomb County.

Lieutenant Duda was hired in 1990 as a Correctional Officer, where he worked various positions including Booking / Intake. In 1993, he was promoted to Deputy and assigned to the Traffic Bureau. While in Traffic he became a CVSA Federal Motor Carrier Inspector, Accident Reconstructionist, Child Safety Restraint technician and the Project Director for the Macomb County Traffic grants which oversaw the Alcohol and Seat Belt enforcements throughout the Macomb County area.

In 2000, he was promoted to Sergeant-1 where he was assigned to Midnight Shift Command along with the Traffic Bureau. In 2002, he was promoted to Sergeant and remained as the supervisor of the Traffic Bureau.

In 2013, he was promoted to Lieutenant, assigned as the Afternoon Shift Commander and Jail Operations prior to his current position.

Lieutenant Duda received the Deputy of the Year award from the Mt. Clemens Elks Lodge #2124 for 2007 – 2008.

Lieutenant Duda received the Macomb County Sheriff Department “Command Officer of the Year” award for 2010.

In 2019, Lieutenant Duda was elected as the Director for the Michigan Association of Vehicle Theft Investigators (Law Enforcement & Insurance Investigators throughout Michigan).

Lieutenant Duda’s educational background:

  • Clintondale High School – 1983
  • Macomb County Community College - Associate Degree (Law Enforcement)
  • Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command - 2015

 

Lieutenant Steven Briney

Lieutenant Steven Briney started at the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office in 1994 as a Corrections Officer. He was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 1996, Sergeant 1 in 2002, Sergeant in 2005, and Lieutenant in 2013.  During his career with the Sheriff’s Office he has worked as a Field Training Officer, Community Policing Officer, Liquor Control Commission Inspector, Detective Forensic Polygraph Examiner, Jail Administrative Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Detective Sergeant Polygraph Intern Supervisor, and as Internal Affairs/Professional Standards Sergeant.

He was promoted to the position of Lieutenant on December 16, 2013 by Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.  He worked as Lieutenant Shift Commander and Court Services Lieutenant.   In his current role, he manages and oversees the day-to-day operations as the Macomb Township Substation Lieutenant Commander.  Working with Macomb Township on the construction of a 12.5 million dollar Public Safety building project.  Lieutenant’s responsibilities also included the acting Reserve Unit Liaison, for the Macomb County Sheriff’s Bike Division. 

Lieutenant Briney is a member of numerous civic and fraternal organizations. He taught interviewing classes for Macomb Community College Detective School. He was appointed to the Board of Forensic Polygraph Examiners, by Governor Grandholm’s Office, for the State of Michigan.  Briney has received several Professional Excellence citations as well as the Command Officer of the Year award for his work in the jail as part of the planning division managing six major capital improvement projects which totaled 1.8 million dollars.  He successfully coordinated a full scale mock fire drill involving three responding agencies as well as relocating 200 inmates. In 2016, Lieutenant Briney was elected Class President of Northwestern University’s 393rd Class of Police Staff and Command.

Lieutenant Briney’s educational background consists of:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University – 1993
  • Macomb Police Academy - 1996
  • Forensic Polygraph Examiner’s Degree from Maryland Institute of Criminal Justice - 2001
  • Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command – 2016

 

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Lieutenant Robert Doherty

Lieutenant Robert Doherty was hired by Sheriff William Hackel in 1995 as a Correctional Officer. In 1997 Lieutenant Doherty was promoted to a Deputy Sheriff position. He was assigned to the midnight shift patrolling Macomb Township. In 2007, Lieutenant Doherty was assigned to the County of Macomb Enforcement Team.

In the summer of 2007, Lieutenant Doherty was promoted to the rank of Sergeant 1 becoming the Afternoon Shift Commander. A short time later, he was assigned to the Detective Bureau as an investigator. Lieutenant Doherty remained in the Detective Bureau becoming a full Sergeant, Team Leader of the south end, and Administrative Sergeant.

In 2015, Lieutenant Doherty was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant reassigned to the midnight shift. From 2016-2019 he was assigned as the Administrative Lieutenant position which oversees the Training Division, was the  Civil Service Liaison, and was in charge of scheduling within the Sheriff’s Office. In 2020, he was assigned to his current position as the Jail Operations Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Doherty has received numerous commendations, from the Sheriff’s Office, Fraternal Order of Police and Macomb Township officials.  Part of his duties is to oversee the Macomb County Mounted Division Reserve unit. He previously was a member of the Macomb County Gun Board, Child Death Review Board, Suicide Prevention Coalition, LPT, and the Macomb County Citizen Corp.

Lieutenant Doherty is a lifelong Macomb County Resident. He attended Sterling Heights Stevenson High School. He continued his education at the University of Michigan majoring in General Studies through the school of LS&A. He attended the Macomb Police Academy in 1997 and Northwestern Staff and Command in 2016.

 

 

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Lieutenant Jeffrey Budzynowski

Lieutenant Jeffrey Budzynowski started at the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office in 1996 as a Corrections Officer. He was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 1999 where he was initially assigned to Road Patrol then moving to the Traffic Bureau and Motor Unit.  In 2003, he was assigned to the County of Macomb Sheriff’s Enforcement Team (conspiracy and narcotics). In 2006, Lieutenant Budzynowski was promoted to Sergeant 1 and assigned to the Detective Bureau.  In 2007, he supervised a Tri-County Task Force which included Officers from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, MDOC, and the U.S. Marshals.   During this time, he was deputized as a U.S. Marshal task force officer.  In 2011, Lieutenant Budzynowski was promoted to a Sergeant and assigned to the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team where he supervised the Fugitive Apprehension and Narcotics Divisions.

In 2015, he was promoted to Lieutenant and supervised the Afternoon Shift Road Patrol.  In 2016, he was assigned to the Uniform Services Division.  In 2017, he was then assigned to the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team and over sought the Narcotics, Fugitive and Computer Crimes units within SET.  He was also responsible for the supervision of Deputies assigned to Task Forces with the FBI, DEA and U.S. Marshals.  In 2020, Lieutenant Budzynowski was assigned to Court Security Command where he is currently working.

Throughout Lieutenant Budzynowski’s career, he has served on the Macomb County SWAT (2001 – present).  He held various positions on the team as Entry Team Operator, Explosive Breacher and Assistant Team Leader.  In 2015, he was named the SWAT Commander and holds this position to date. 

Lieutenant Budzynowski is a graduate of Macomb Community College (Criminal Justice) and Macomb Regional Police Academy.  He has attended Wayne State University and completed Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in 2017.

 

 

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Lieutenant Tina Old

Lieutenant Tina Old is the Marine Division Lieutenant. Lieutenant Old was hired by the Sheriff’s Office as a Correctional Deputy in 1994. She was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 1995, then to the rank of Sergeant 1 in 2002, Sergeant in 2005, and to her current position of Lieutenant in 2016. In her current role, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Macomb County Marine Division.

Lieutenant Old previously was the Commander for the Macomb Area Computer Enforcement Team (MACE) and has worked in other key areas of the Sheriff’s Office including, Uniform Services, Corrections, Road Patrol, Marine Division, Youth Services and the County of Macomb Enforcement Team (Narcotics).

She received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Rochester College and graduated from the Macomb Police Academy in 1993. Lieutenant Old has received citations for Professional Excellence and Command Officer of the Year.

 

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Lieutenant Lori Misch

Hired by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office in 1995 as a Corrections Officer. She attended the Macomb Police Academy and was then promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 1997.  She was assigned to Macomb Township where she was a community policing officer.  She was promoted to Sergeant 1 in 2004 and to Sergeant in 2006.  She was assigned as a supervisor in Macomb Township, Detective Bureau, Youth Bureau and Training Division.  She was promoted to Lieutenant in 2017 and is currently assigned as Jail Administrative Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Misch is currently a member of the Crisis Negotiations Team and Mobile Field Force. She has also served as a member of the MCSO Honor Guard.  Lieutenant Misch has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and also attended Center for Police Management and Leadership Studies Staff and Command. Lieutenant Misch is a member of the Michigan and International Association of Hostage Negotiators.

 

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Lieutenant Jeff Gornicki

Lieutenant Gornicki currently serves as the Detective Lieutenant in charge of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Detective Bureau.

Lieutenant Gornicki was hired as a Corrections Officer by Sheriff William H. Hackel in 1996.  In 1998, Lieutenant Gornicki graduated from the Macomb Police Academy and was promoted to Deputy Sheriff.  As a Deputy Sheriff, Lieutenant Gornicki worked out of various patrol substations including the Marine Division, North-end County Patrol, Harrison Township, and Mt. Clemens and also served as a Field Training Officer.  In 2004, Lieutenant Gornicki received assignment to the County of Macomb Enforcement Team (C.O.M.E.T.).

In 2006, Lieutenant Gornicki was promoted to the rank of Sergeant-1 and thereafter assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau.  In 2010, Lieutenant Gornicki served as the Afternoon Shift Commander of the Macomb Township Substation and was promoted to full Sergeant in 2011.  In 2013, Lieutenant Gornicki was assigned to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Traffic Bureau and served as the Macomb County Traffic Grant Administrator for the Michigan Department of Highway Safety Planning.  In 2014, Lieutenant Gornicki was assigned to the Office of Professional Standards where he served as an Internal Affairs investigator.  Lieutenant Gornicki received his promotion to Lieutenant in May of 2017 and was briefly assigned to Jail Operations before being assigned to Court Services in 2018.

From 2003 to 2013, Lieutenant Gornicki proudly served on the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team where he served as a team leader.  During his time on the SWAT team, Lieutenant Gornicki received advanced training in areas of close quarters combat, hostage rescue, and various urban and rural sniper tactics.  Lieutenant Gornicki attended both the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) sniper and advanced sniper schools.

Lieutenant Gornicki has received several commendations over the course of his career from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office as well as from the Fraternal Order of Police.  In 2006, he was awarded “Deputy Sheriff of the Year” by the B.P.O.E. of Mt. Clemens - Lodge #2124.

Lieutenant Gornicki attended Oakland University, Macomb Community College, and Eastern Michigan University concentrating on law enforcement and police administration studies.  Lieutenant Gornicki is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

 

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Lieutenant Dan Willis

Lieutenant Daniel Willis started his law enforcement career serving the people as a Police Officer in both the Village of New Haven in 1992 and City of Richmond in 1993.

Lieutenant Willis was hired by Sheriff William Hackel in 1994 as a Correctional Officer. In 1995, Lieutenant Willis was promoted to a Deputy Sheriff position. As a Deputy Sheriff, he worked road patrol including the Traffic Division as a Motor Carrier, a Diver on the Under Water Search and Recovery Team (USRT), the County of Macomb Enforcement Team (COMET), and Oakland Macomb Interdiction Team (OMIT).

In January of 2004, Lieutenant Willis was promoted to the rank of Sergeant 1 becoming the afternoon Shift Commander. While working afternoons, he continued to serve as a member of URST as Team Leader and was a member of the Mobile Field Force and Honor Guard. He remained on afternoons until becoming a Sergeant in 2009.

In 2011, Lieutenant Willis was assigned to the Macomb Auto Theft Squad (MATS) as a Sergeant until moving to the Professional Standards Office in 2017.

Lieutenant Willis was promoted as served as Jail Operations Lieutenant in 2018 until 2020 when he was moved to our Training Division as the Administrative Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Daniel Willis has received citations for Professional Excellence, a Unit Citation, several Sheriff Recognition Awards, and Officer of the Month from the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). He is graduate of Macomb Community College and Macomb Regional Police Academy in 1991 and is a member of several civic and fraternal organizations. He completed Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in 2020 and is currently finishing his Bachelors in Business Administration at Baker College.

 

 

Lieutenant Melissa Stevens

 

 

Lieutenant Matthew Pecha

Lieutenant Matthew Pecha was hired as a Dispatcher in 1996 and promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 2000.  As a Deputy, he worked various assignments including road patrol, marine patrol, as a Detective on a Conspiracy Crimes unit (C.O.M.E.T.), and as a K-9 handler.

After being promoted to Sergeant in 2007, he worked as a shift commander, as a Detective Sergeant in the Detective Bureau and as a commander with the Marine Division.  Upon being promoted to Lieutenant in 2018, he was assigned to command the afternoon shift, including the supervision of jail personnel, road patrol, and dispatch.  Lieutenant Pecha is currently assigned to the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team (S.E.T.) and oversees the plain-clothes operations of the Sheriff’s Office.

Lieutenant Pecha earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Justice Studies from Northern Michigan University, attended the Macomb Police Academy, and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Staff and Command.

 

 

 

Lieutenant Gary Wiegand

 

 

 

Lieutenant Ryan Ruttan