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Mark A. Hackel began his career with the Macomb County Sheriff's Office in 1981 as a dispatcher. Throughout the years, he worked his way up through every rank and was elected as Sheriff in November of 2000. Mark is proud to have over 30 years of law experience, serving 10 of them as Sheriff.

Mark obtained his Associate Degree from Macomb Community College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wayne State University-Criminal Justice and a Master Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University.

He also attended the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, as well as the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection School in Washington D.C.

Mark has also had the opportunity to observe law enforcement overseas. He was selected to participate in an exchange program with the London Police Force and flew to Lviv and Kiev, Ukraine, to educate their people on the system of law enforcement in the United States.

With the implementation of a new charter form of government, Mark was elected to serve as the first-ever County Executive of Macomb in 2011. He is credited with creating an award-winning marketing and branding campaign “Make Macomb Your Home” that has raised the profile of Macomb County across the region. In addition, he developed COMTEC – a state of the art, one of a kind communications and technology center that is home to emergency management, information technology, traffic operations and 911 dispatch. Mark was instrumental in creation of the Office of Public Defender, providing local indigent defense services to residents in need. County Executive Hackel also created the OneMacomb initiative focusing on multiculturalism and inclusion. He is committed to providing innovative leadership for the region while delivering services citizens and businesses expect.

Along with being County Executive of the State's third largest county, Mark is an adjunct faculty member at both Macomb Community College and Wayne State University where he shares his knowledge of the criminal justice system.

Mark is a lifelong resident of Macomb County. In his free time he enjoys working out, coaching youth sports and spending time with family and friends.

Macomb County Sheriff's Office 1981 - 2010

  • 2001 - 2010 Sheriff

  • 1997 - 2000 Captain​ 

    • Division Commander, Investigations, Patrol​

  • 1994 - 1997 Lieutenant​

    • Administration, Road Patrol​

  • 1992 - 1994 Sergeant​

    • Training Division, Marine Division​

  • 1989 - 1992 Corporal

    • Road Patrol, Communications, Training​

  • 1983 - 1989 Deputy Sheriff​​​

    • Road/Marine Patrol, Traffic Bureau, Jail​

  • 1981 - 1983 Dispatcher​

Other Work Experience
  • College Professor​

    • Wayne State University​

    • Macomb Community College 

    • ITT Technical Institute

  • Public Academy Instructor

    • Macomb Criminal Justice Training Center

  • Advanced Police Training Instructor

    • Macomb Criminal Justice Training Center​​​​​

  • Masters of Science Administration Degree, May 1996

    • Central Michigan University - Public Administration​

  • Bachelors of Arts Degree​, December 1991

    • Wayne State University - Criminal Justice​

  • Certificate​

    • University of Virginia - Criminal Justice​, December 1994

  • Graduate​

    • Sterling Heights High School, June 1980​


Michigan Training

  • Michigan Political Leadership Training

    • Michigan State University​

  • Leadership Academy​

    • Lansing Community College​

  • Macomb Regional Polilce Academy Graduate​​​

    • Received Best Overall Recruit Award​

    • Received Physical Fitness Award

  • Dale Carnegie Graduate (Course #L-1720)​

    • Received Highest Achievement Award​

  • Dale Carnegie Graduate (Course #L-1758)​

National Training

  • F.B.I. National Academy Graduate (179th season)

    • Quantico, Virginia

  • United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection (195th season)

    • Washington, D.C.​

International Training

  • Drug Enforcement Administration Fight War on Drugs

    • Columbia

  • Law Enforcement Exchange Program

    • Tel-Aviv, Israel

  • Project Harmony Educatonal Exchange

    • Lviv, Ukraine

  • Police Instructor Exchange Program

    • London, England

Fun Facts:

  • Never missed a day of school

  • Captain of the Service Squad

  • Captain of the Wrestling Team

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