By Mary Drier
CARO — Tuscola County Sheriff Leland “Lee” Teschendorf, a Republican, has announced he will be seeking re-election to another term as sheriff.
“I have served the citizens of the county for 39 years… as a deputy, patrol sergeant, lieutenant – jail administrator, sheriff, and I would like to continue serving as your sheriff,” said Teschendorf.
His department, like all government entities and Michigan residents, are faced with tough financial times, and he has taken steps to address that. Under new Michigan Department of Correction’s guidelines, the jail qualifies to add more beds.
In working with the MDOT, the jail has been able to add six additional beds, which will save money by not having to house inmates in other county jails. Plus, the ability and financial benefits of adding five more beds with minimal remodeling and cost is being reviewed.
“The sheriff’s office is facing a great challenge in these difficult economic times… falling revenues and rising expenses have caused our office to reduce some services and deputies available to the public,” explained Teschendorf. “We will continue to give our citizens the best patrol, investigation and public safety programs we can with our limited funds.
“We continue to explore all potential means of maintaining, and hopefully increasing services to our citizens in the coming years.”
Also, when possible, the sheriff’s department offers additional services to residents. A special program recently collected 14 pounds of unwanted prescription medications.
Teschendorf feels this is an important service because some of the most abused drugs can be found in a family’s medicine cabinet.
Another additional service is doing child safety-seat inspections when funds are available to do so.
Teschendorf graduated from Vassar High School, and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University.
Besides working to uphold the law, Teschendorf is active in his community. He is the current and past president of the Greater Thumb Area Lodge #148 Fraternal Order of Police, a charter member and current vice president of the Caro Squadron #7 Sons of the American Legion, vice chair for the Thumb Narcotics Unit, chair of the Tuscola Technology Center Law Enforcement and Protective Services Advisory Board, the Tuscola Senior Citizens TRIAD coordinator, and honorary chair for the 2012 Tuscola County United Way campaign.
Also, he is a member of: the Tuscola County and Michigan and National Republican Parties, the Thumb Regional Community Corrections Board, Tuscola County Ducks Unlimited, Thumb Area Pheasants Forever, Caro Whitetails Unlimited, Tuscola County Conservation Club, the Richville Conservation Club, Michigan Sheriff’s Association, Central Michigan Police Chief’s Association and Caro Rotary Club.
Also ,Teschendorf is a member of the National Rifle Association, and a graduate of the LEAD Tuscola program.
Teschendorf and his wife, Christine, live in Caro with their daughter, Kristen.
By Mary Drier