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Letter From Sheriff Jerry Clayton

Dear Community Partner:

As a principal officer for the Michigan court system, the Sheriff’s Office executes the orders, judgments and civil process of the courts, including the seizure and sale of property to enforce judgments. We emphasize professional and timely service. Our standard not only requires the provision of excellent service, but that those we serve are treated with dignity and respect.

Our Civil Bureau staff brings over 170 years of combined law enforcement and public service experience to the civil process field.  Special Deputy Sheriffs who serve in the Civil Bureau are well-versed in civil process statutes and rules, court services and documents.  They know the local courts and communities, and they bring with them the larger support of the Office. 

Again, please keep in mind that our Civil Bureau not only handles general civil process, but also Washtenaw County foreclosure sales and adjournments and property seizure executions.  If you have any questions regarding our civil process services, please don’t hesitate to call the Civil Bureau at (734) 973-4937, or email the Bureau Manager, Jim Damron, at

We look forward to serving you.

Jerry L. Clayton


Trust Experience

Damron & PoeOur Civil Bureau staff specialize in the safe, efficient and legal service of court documents. The Special Deputy Sheriffs that work as Process Servers for the WCSO Civil Bureau include former law enforcement officers with over 170 years combined experience.Cases are addressed on a first come, first serve basis. We deliver documents in a timely manner, usually within a day or two of the receipt date from the court. If an emergency situation arises which requires documents to be served immediately, an expedited service is available for an additional fee.

 Gerald Poe, Special Deputy, & Jim Damron, Civil Bureau Manager


 How You Benefit

  • Experience in the safe, timely service of process & the proper handling of court documents.
  • Knowledge of civil process statutes and rules, local courts & the community.
  • Credibility in the community.  Individuals being served usually respond more cooperatively to  trained Special Deputy Sheriffs.

To Have the Documents Served...

  1. Either bring, mail, or have the court forward the documents to the Sheriff’s Office Civil Bureau at 2201 Hogback Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.
  2. The Civil Bureau will assign the documents to a Special Deputy the same day they are received from the court.
  3. Once the service is complete, the Special Deputy will return the Proof of Service to the court and mail you a copy.
  4. Invoices are mailed upon completion of service to established accounts and payment  is due upon receipt. Out-of-state law offices and agencies must pre-pay by check or credit card. 

Washtenaw County Jail Detainees

We serve individuals who are being detained in the Washtenaw County Jail on Hogback Road in Ann Arbor, MI.


For a list of fees, please click here. Please call the Civil Bureau at (734) 973-4937 for a detailed price quote.

Foreclosure Sales and Adjournments

The Sheriff’s Office conducts Washtenaw County  Foreclosure Sales every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in the Downtown Court House, 101 East Huron, Ann Arbor. A sign in the lobby directs attendees to the correct court room.  Adjournments are posted for one week in the Downtown Court House lobby.

To ensure that your sale documents are in the proper order, we recommend that you contact the Detroit Legal News Publishing at (248) 577-6100. They are a reputable resource, excellent at organizing and forwarding documents to the Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, please see our Foreclosure Sales and Adjournments page.

Property Seizures 

The Washtenaw County Civil Bureau specializes in property seizures. We offer an ongoing weekly and monthly collection process until the debt is settled.  

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