Shiawassee County Sheriff Brian BeGole was awarded 2017 Police Officer of the Year, an honor bestowed upon him by members of Corunna VFW Post 4005.  BeGole received the honor on Tuesday March 21st.
 
BeGole is preparing for his fourth month as sheriff of Shiawassee County after being elected to the position last year.  It was less than a year ago that BeGole first got his campaign underway with a bowling event at Corunna's Riverbend Bowl after announcing his candidacy in August of 2015.
 
Since beginning in his new role, BeGole has invited the public and press to view the Shiawassee County Jail in an effort to raise awareness of the need for repairs and updates to the 54 year old facility.
 
Last month the Shiawassee Board of Commissioners approved several purchases, including replacement HVAC units for the jail.  The board also approved the purchase of a new phone system for county buildings and an agreement with Ford Motor Credit allowing the Shiawassee County Sheriff's Department to replace three aging cruisers with new Ford Interceptor Utility Vehicles.
 
Commissioners also voted last month to allow the Sheriff's Department to accept a state grant from Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs that will be used to purchase a new four wheel drive vehicle the department will use in connection with drug raids.
 
Prior to taking the office of Sheriff, BeGole served the department as Road Patrol Sergeant.  Before his work with the county, BeGole was a Durand police officer.
 
Brian BeGole's father, George, served the county as 66th District Court Judge for more than fifteen years.