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Sheriff L. Paul Bailey

Sheriff Bailey has proudly served the residents of Berrien County as a police officer for 33 years and was elected Sheriff in 2001.  The Sheriff is the executive head and is vested with full power and authority over the organization as outlined by the Constitution and statues of the State of Michigan.

Sheriff Bailey is a graduate of Eau Claire High School, and has attended Lake Michigan College, Willmar Community College and Western Michigan University.  The Sheriff was the Chief of Police in Stevensville, Michigan and was a patrolman for Schoolcraft Police Department and St. Joseph Township Police Department.

Sheriff Bailey is married to his high school sweetheart Peggy they have been married for 33 years and they have three daughters, one son, and four grandkids who he enjoys spending time with.  The Bailey's are members of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Niles.



State Community Corrections Board Appointment by Michigan Governor Snyder

Rotary Club

Knights of Columbus

911 Advisory Board

Member of FOP 100

Member of Neighborhood Watch Group

VSU (Victim Services Unit) Coordinator

Member of Michigan Sheriffs Assoc.. and National Sheriffs Assoc..

MACP (Michigan Assoc.. of Chiefs of Police)

Member of “Fight Crime-Invest In Kids” of Michigan

Member of Niles Chamber of Commerce



Four time winner of “Officer of the Year” for St. Joseph Township Police Department 1986, 1993, 1996 and 1999

919 Port Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
(269) 983-7141
BCSD Niles Substation
1205 N. Front Street
Niles, MI 49120
(269) 684-5274
BCSD Watervliet Twp Substation
4959 M 140
Watervliet, MI 49098
(269) 463-5495
Deputies may be on patrol
Four Winds Substation
19279 Kinst Road
New Buffalo, MI 49117
(269) 756-9571 ext. 7603
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