MACKINAC COUNTY — On June 9, 2019 Sheriff Scott Strait and Deputy Joseph Bommarito were honored by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association.
Sheriff Scott Strait was honored along with two other Sheriffs as attaining the rank of Master Sheriff. This is the first time this award was given in the State of Michigan. Master Sheriff designation recognizes the contribution to the Office of Sheriff and Law Enforcement in the State of Michigan by the individual Sheriff. Part of the criteria includes that the Sheriff serve as elected Sheriff for more than 12 years, have advanced his education during his career, and promoted the furtherance of law enforcement across the State.
Sheriff Strait is in his 4th term as Sheriff; earned his Master’s degree while working for the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office and has represented the region and State on several Boards and councils. Sheriff Strait also served on the Board of Director’s for the Michigan Sheriff’s Association servicing as President of the Michigan Sheriff’s Association in 2013. Sheriff Strait also sits on the Outreach committee of the National Sheriff’s Association.
“It is a special honor to be recognized by the Governor, elected officials and especially the other Sheriffs to receive such an award.” Said Sheriff Strait “We are incredibly blessed in this County to have such a great group of dedicated deputies I get to work with in serving the citizens of Mackinac County. They are what made this award possible”
A special tribute was given to the three sheriffs by Governor Whitmer, Lt Governor Gilchrist, Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield and Senator Wayne Schmidt.
Deputy Joseph Bommarito was awarded the Presidential Award with lifesaving for his work on a case that resulted in a lengthy prison sentence for a sex offender. Deputy Bommarito was called to a domestic violence call that escalated into a lengthy criminal sexual conduct investigation with multiple victims and charges. The suspect was eventually charged with a total of 189 counts of CSC. Deputy Bommarito worked all of the aspects of the case including using his skill as a computer forensic analyst to gather evidence in the crimes. The suspect attempted to hang himself while incarcerated in the jail. Due to the quick actions of our Corrections Deputies they were able to call for assistance and get the suspect cut down. Deputy Bommarito was one of the first patrol deputies to arrive on scene to assist. Deputy Bommarito is also an EMT and immediately began assessing the suspect and started CPR. With the assistance of other staff & EMT’s the suspect survived and now is being held accountable for his crimes.
Although this was a team effort in this investigation, Deputy Bommarito was hands down the center of all aspects of this criminal case as well as saving the life of the suspect. Deputy Bommarito has put in countless hours going through the video evidence looking through the video, texts, chats, photos, etc. to make this case. The suspect saw the mountain of evidence Deputy Bommarito compiled and pled to charges and received 30-75 years in prison. Deputy Bommarito even transported the suspect to prison to begin his lengthy sentence.
Sheriff Scott Strait
LET IT BE KNOWN, that it is with great pleasure we, the members of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) recognizes Mackinac County Sheriff Scott Strait as a Michigan Master Sheriff.
Sheriff Strait has served 34 years as a Certified Law Enforcement Officer, 14 years as the elected Sheriff of Mackinac County. He graduated from the Lake Superior State College Criminal Justice Program and Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Training Council (now called MCOLES) Program and received MLOTC Certification on May 14, 1984.
Sheriff Strait is a member in good standing in Mackinac County. Furthermore, he is in good standing with the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association. Sheriff Strait served as the MSA President in 2013.
Sheriff Strait continued his professional growth by earning his bachelor’s degree from Lake Superior State College. Furthermore, he earned his Master of Public Administration from Northern Michigan University in 2001. He also serves as an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice at Lake Superior State University.
Sheriff Strait has or is currently serving on several Councils and Boards including:
· Michigan Sheriffs’ Coordinating and Training Council
· State of Michigan Criminal Justice Information Policy Board
· Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority Law Enforce Policy Committee, Corrections Policy Committee and Mental Health Committee
· Michigan Sheriffs’ Association Board of Directors
· State of Michigan ORV Trails Committee
IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE, Therefore, this document is signed and dedicated to honor Michigan Master Sheriff of Mackinac County, Scott Strait.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Lt Governor Garlin Gilchrist
Speaker of the House of Representatives Lee Chatfield
Senator Wayne Schmidt