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Meet Sheriff Tom Reich

Tom Reich has served as Eaton County Sheriff since 2013. As Sheriff, he is responsible for the operations and personnel of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office which employs approximately 146 employees, a corrections facility which houses 374 inmates, a road patrol which includes Delta Charter Township contractual police service, police service in Windsor Township, part-time contractual services to Oneida Township, as well as the additional 14 townships of Eaton County and the Animal Control Division. 


His 32-year law enforcement career encompasses roles at all levels of crime fighting and government service.  Tom worked for 25 years at the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office where he was employed in the areas of patrol, Detective Bureau, Corrections, Community Services, school safety programs, traffic division and was assigned to the Tri-County Metro Narcotics Team. While employed at Ingham County, Tom served at the ranks of Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant and eventually earning the rank of Detective Lieutenant, Commander of the Detective Bureau. During his career there he received several commendations and awards for his professional service.


After Ingham County, Tom was employed by the Michigan Lottery, Charitable Gaming Division from 1999-2012. Tom served as the Gaming Director and he was responsible for the regulatory enforcement of the Gaming Act.


Since taking office as Sheriff, Tom was appointed to the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center for Homeland Security Advisory Council by Governor Snyder and was reappointed to a second term by Governor Whitmer. In 2020, Tom was appointed by Governor Whitmer to the state Suicide Prevention Commission. He has also served on the Michigan Drug Treatment Court Committee and the Mid Michigan Housing Authority Board. Sheriff Reich serves on the Eaton County Veterans Court Board, Eaton County Adult Drug Court, Eaton County Community Corrections Board, Board of Lansing Area Safety Council, and the Delta Township Government Affairs.


Sheriff Reich graduated from Holt High School and Lansing Community College. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Law Enforcement Executive Seminar and the National Sheriffs Institute.


Tom has three grown children and resides in Eaton Rapids with his wife, Michele.