William L. Federspiel
Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel, a long-time resident of Saginaw, Michigan, took office as Sheriff of Saginaw County on January 1, 2009, with 25 years of law enforcement experience.
In May of 1996, Sheriff Federspiel graduated from Edison Community College with an Associate of Science of Criminal Justice Technology degree. He then graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Community Development) degree in May of 2006 from Central Michigan University (CMU). In August of 2010, Sheriff Federspiel graduated with a Master of Science of Administration degree from CMU. Currently, Sheriff Federspiel is pursuing his second Master’s degree at the University of Michigan – Flint campus where he is completing a Master of Arts in English and Literature.
Sheriff Federspiel was elected in 2008 with 72% of the vote and then re-elected in 2012 with no opposition. As the Sheriff, a Michigan Constitutional Officer, he is responsible for the following: the operation of a 513-bed jail; a law enforcement division to include emergency first responders which serve a population of 203,000 people living within 810 square miles of the jurisdiction of Saginaw County, Michigan; security for the 70th District Court of Michigan, and numerous other duties.
Sheriff Federspiel began his law enforcement career with the City of Cape Coral in southern Florida for almost 10 years, where he achieved the rank of Master Corporal. During this time, Sheriff Federspiel stayed informed of what was taking place in Saginaw County, mainly with the gangs, drugs, and senseless homicides. Before becoming Sheriff, he was a police officer with the Saginaw Township Police Department for 12 years.
Sheriff Federspiel has always been very involved with the community, and more specifically various committees and organizations. Prior to being elected as the Sheriff of Saginaw County, he was a member of the Board of Directors, Saginaw County 911 Authority (2005-2008), Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (1987-1996), and Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM) (1996-2009) where he served as President, Vice-President, and Secretary. In addition, Sheriff Federspiel was appointed, and then elected, to the Saginaw City Council in 2005. He served on numerous committees and worked hard to pass a community-supported millage for the City of Saginaw Police Department. Sheriff Federspiel then tendered his resignation from the Saginaw City Council on January 14, 2008 and made a choice for his community to announce his candidacy for the Saginaw County Sheriff spot.
Beginning his second term as Sheriff, he finds the following four skills are necessary to become and remain an effective and successful Sheriff. He feels you need exceptional communication and presentation skills, that you remain highly organized and systems oriented, and deliver quality media relations.
Sheriff Federspiel currently resides in Saginaw County with his wife Mandy.
Robert X. Karl
Robert X. Karl, with honor and gratitude, accepted the appointment to Undersheriff, on January 1, 2009. As Undersheriff, he assists the Sheriff with all of the day to day operations of the Saginaw County Sheriff's Office.
Undersheriff Karl was born in Saginaw County. He graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School (1974); attended St. Stephen High School (1975 and 1976); attended Sts. Peter and Paul High School (1977-1978), graduating with honors in 1978; attended and graduated from Delta College with an Associate of Applied Science Degree (Law Enforcement) in 1980. After graduating from Delta College, Undersheriff Karl moved to Houston to become a police officer where he served for four years.
Undersheriff Karl returned to Saginaw County in 1985 and became a police officer for Buena Vista Township (1985-1986). He then joined the Saginaw Township Police Department (1987-2008). In December 2008 he tendered his resignation to accept the appointment to Undersheriff of Saginaw County. During his tenure as an officer at Saginaw Township Police Department, he was decorated for Courageous Service, Distinguished Service, Meritorious Service, Life Saving, Fitness Awards, Unit Citation from Saginaw City Police Department, and the 1995 Exchange Club Officer of the Year for Saginaw Township. Undersheriff Karl served as Saginaw Township Police Department's training officer in Weapons, O.C.A.T., PPCT, Ground Fighting, S.A.L.T.S., Edged Weapons, Simulator (1998-2006). He was a member of the Saginaw Emergency Service Team (SWAT) (1992-2005) where he served as the weapons and tactical trainer and was a six-time winner of the prestigious TOP GUN Award.
In Undersheriff Karl's 31 years in law enforcement from Houston Police Department to the Saginaw County Sheriff's Office, he has been called upon to train, supervise and lead countless officers from numerous police agencies. He has also conducted in-depth research on various pieces of police equipment, from firearms to computerized simulation training machines. He is aware that good leadership is the single-most important ingredient for a successful law enforcement agency, and that quality training is key to having quality employees. Undersheriff Karl resides in Saginaw County with his wife Mary Jo.
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