2003 Distinguished Alumni Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth
The Alumni Association of Lansing Community College has selected Gene Wriggelsworth, Ingham County Sheriff since 1988, as the 2003 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni of the Year. Wriggelsworth graduated from LCC with an associate degree in general studies and went on to complete a bachelor's degree from Northwood University. In addition, he attended the F.B.I. National Academy.
Wriggelsworth went into law enforcement in 1966 and served at Flat Rock, East Lansing, East Lansing and State Capitol Posts as a police officer. In 1974, he was assigned to the Tri-County Metro Squad as Field Supervisor and became a Detective Lieutenant in 1977. Elected Ingham County Sheriff in 1988, he continues to serve in that capacity today.
Wriggelsworth has been an instructor, guest lecturer, and consultant to Lansing Community College, Michigan State University, Mid-Michigan Police Academy, Northwestern University, and the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy.
In addition to his professional activities, Wriggelsworth has been active in community affairs. He served three terms on the Holt Public Schools Board of Education, was a member of the Lansing Community College Leadership Advisory Board, is a long-time member of the South Lansing-Holt Rotary Club. He has also been active with the Michigan Sheriff's Association in various capacities, received the Excellence in Public Service Award from the Michigan Association of Counties in 2000, and was named Holt-Dimondale Business Alliance Business Person of the Year in 2001. Recently, he has been appointed to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards by Governor Jennifer Granholm, and has many other activities and honors to his credit.
Sheriff Wriggelsworth and his wife, Sandy, a fourth grade teacher at Midway Elementary School, have three sons, two of whom are serving in law enforcement.
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