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Benny Napoleon

Sheriff, Wayne County

benny napoleonBorn and raised in Detroit, Benny Napoleon learned the values of hard work and education from his father. As a lifelong Detroiter and the son of a prominent pastor, Napoleon lived by honesty, integrity and service to his community, characteristics that would shape his life and career.

Over his 40-year career of public service in Detroit, Napoleon has served with integrity and tenacity. As Chief of Police, Napoleon developed and executed an unprecedented restructuring plan that led to a 30 percent reduction in violent crime at a time when major crimes appeared to be spiraling out of control.

Napoleon was appointed Wayne County Sheriff in 2009, retained in 2010 and re-elected in 2012. As Sheriff, Napoleon was continually forced to do more with less funding. He restructured the absentee job pool to slash critical overtime expenses. Napoleon also expanded the tether program for non-violent offenders when allotted funds were insufficient to house 2,800 prisoners at the Wayne County Jail. Napoleon is recognized nationally as a leader in pursuing Internet crimes.