Marine Safety Section

Pursuant to Michigan Public Act 303, the Marine Safety Act of 1967, the County Sheriff has jurisdiction on all water-ways in the county. Accordingly, the Marine Safety Section provides:

  • Boating safety education
  • Enforces safe boating laws insuring the safe operation of watercraft on County waterways
  • Inspects and licenses boat liveries
  • Inspects watercraft


The Section is supervised by Deputy Jesse Smith and staffed by part-time, seasonal Marine Safety Officers (MSO) from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Key Support Role

The Marine Safety Section also serves in a key support role to the Underwater Search and Recovery Team (USRT).