Executive Staff Information
- Chief Deputy
- Director of Community Engagement
- Director of Emergency Management
- Commander of Corrections
- Commander of Police Services
Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton took office on January 1, 2009. Prior to his running for office Jerry served twenty years with the WCSO. His career experience includes assignments/appointments as a Corrections Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Shift Sergeant, Operations Lieutenant, County Court Security Commander, SWAT Team Commander, Corrections Division Commander and Police Services Division Commander. Sheriff Clayton retired in 2006 to go into private law enforcement consulting work.
While in the private sector Jerry was a partner and Vice President of Lamberth Consulting, LLC, a company providing statistical analysis, training, and engagement services focused on addressing racial profiling and biased enforcement issues throughout the United States and Europe. He has been a certified criminal justice trainer and instructor for more than sixteen years, specializing in a multitude of subject areas including; use of force disciplines, physical training, special weapons and tactics, cultural diversity, preventing racial profiling, and in the areas of staff management and supervision, developing customer service delivery strategies, and organizational leadership. He provided consulting services to the U.S. Department of Justice- National Institute of Corrections, assisting in the development and delivery of various training curricula to local, state and federal correctional agencies throughout the United States.
Sheriff Clayton attended Eastern Michigan University and majored in Organizational Communication. He also graduated from the Eastern Michigan School of Staff and Command and from the SCH Executive Leadership program. Contact Sheriff Clayton
Mark Ptaszek’s professional career spans over 38 years of justice and human service work in Washtenaw County. He has served at all levels and capacities in the Sheriff’s Office, serving two (2) different Sheriff’s as Undersheriff. He has also served as the 14A District Court Administrator and Interim Director of Washtenaw County Community Mental Health.
Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and has engaged in graduate study at both EMU and Wayne State University. He has participated in a wide variety of professional and technical training and has taught at the university level.
Active in a number of formal and informal community activities, Mark has participated with the Boy Scouts (both of his sons are Eagle Scouts) and served on the Boards of MSU Extension (both local and State boards), SAFEHouse Center and the Washtenaw County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He has been a student of multiple martial arts and enjoys reading, being out of doors and training dogs.
Mark considers it an honor to serve Sheriff Clayton and the Office of Sheriff in Washtenaw County, where he has lived all of this adult life. Contact Under Sheriff Ptaszek.
Chief Deputy Kaledas has over 30 years of law enforcement experience, both in Corrections and Road Patrol. In Corrections, he rose from Corrections Officer to Lieutenant and Jail Administrator, and in Road Patrol from Deputy to Lieutenant. Chief Deputy Kaledas is a recognized authority in the Criminal Justice field. He has taught at the University level and on behalf of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) in various capacities since 1998. Chief Deputy Kaledas has served as a trainer for the NIC Academy and for its Jails Division, and has been a guest speaker and/or instructor at many National and State of Michigan Conferences, with Inmate Behavior Management being a particular field of expertise. He assisted with the NIC project that resulted in the NIC publication, “Resource Guide for Jail Administrators” as well as other NIC publications. In 2006 Chief Deputy Kaledas was chosen as the recipient of the American Jail Association’s prestigious Correctional Administrator of the Year Award. Contact Chief Deputy Kaledas
Director of Community Engagement
Director Jackson graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor in Social Work in 1998. While receiving his Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, Derrick worked with W.J. Maxey Training School where he had his introduction to the criminal justice system. In 2000 he began his work at Ozone House, spending the next several years in the trenches working the streets with Washtenaw Counties at risk young people.
In 2004 Derrick set his eyes on elected office where he ran for the Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustees, and although he would lose by one vote, that experience would not go unnoticed. County Clerk, Larry Kestenbaum, appointed Derrick as the Director of Elections for the County of Washtenaw, where he remained up until coming to the Sheriff's Office in 2009.
With a background in direct service, community organizing and politics he continues his commitment to the community by serving on numerous local boards, committees, and by volunteering with several youth programs. Contact Director Jackson
Commander Woods has over 36 years of law enforcement experience. She rose from Police Officer to Deputy Chief, and was the first female Deputy Chief in the history of the Ann Arbor Police Department. After retiring from the Ann Arbor Police Department, Commander Woods provided consulting services to the Department of Justice and was a Special Deputy with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office for 2 years prior to being appointed Corrections Commander in 2012.
Sherry holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Michigan (UM), and has engaged in graduate studies at the UM. She is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, and the FBI National Academy (189th session).
Commander Woods has an interest in human rights, and served several terms as the president of the Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission. She has also served on boards at SAFE House Center, the Ann Arbor Educational Foundation, and the FBI National Academy (Michigan Chapter). Contact Commander Woods
Director of Emergency Management
Director Breckenridge joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2009 after 29 years of public safety experience including 11 years in Emergency Medical Services and almost 18 years in county government as Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Marc leads the Emergency Services Division of the Sheriff’s office, encompassing Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Hazardous Materials and Washtenaw Metro Dispatch. Marc serves as Chair of the Washtenaw County Homeland Security Task Force and the Emergency Telephone District Board, Emergency Coordinator for the Local Emergency Planning Committee, treasurer of the Hazardous Materials Response Team Authority Board, member of the Southeast Michigan Urban Area Security Initiative (“UASI”) Board, and was appointed to the Michigan Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council by Governor Snyder in 2010.
Director Breckenridge has served on two joint federal Curriculum Advisory Committees to develop Emergency Management and Severe Weather training programs and has frequently presented or instructed at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College Police Academy, and for the National Weather Service.
Marc has earned Bachelor’s degrees in Hazardous Materials and Paramedic Technology from Siena Heights University and is a graduate of the Central Michigan University Center for Public Service and the Federal Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Marc also holds Michigan certifications as a Professional Emergency Manager, Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Professional, and licensed Paramedic. Contact Director Breckenridge.
Police Services Commander Dieter Heren began his career at the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office in 1987. Since joining the Office, he has served in many positions including Community Work Program Supervisor, Deputy Sheriff, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and now the Police Services Commander. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan.