Sheriff Zyburt

The Sheriff is an elected officer responsible for the planning, administration and direction of the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff oversees all departmental operations, including the road patrol, detective division, special operations, criminal and civil process, prisoner transport, court security, and operation of the county jail, including the constitutional and statutory provisions relating to the care and custody of inmates.

The Sheriff is also responsible for the short and long-range planning of the department, including developing and implementing new and revised policies and directing and participating in all administrative functions of the department.

He is responsible for all departmental programs and coordinates department activities with area and state law enforcement agencies, as well as arranging and overseeing special service contracts within the county as appropriate.


Sheriff Greg Zyburt has 36 years of law enforcement experience.  Prior to taking office as Sheriff on January 1, 2017, he was the Chief of Police in Chocolay Township for 30 years.  Prior to that, he worked as a patrolman in the former Mid-Township, which served Ishpeming, Negaunee, Richmond, Tilden and Republic Townships.

During his tenure with Chocolay Township, he brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars into the community in the form of grant funds to improve technology and service.  His efforts have helped to secure bullet proof vests, drug detection equipment, body-worn cameras, in-car cameras and in-car computers.  His early experience with body-worn cameras led to an invitation to testify before a White House criminal justice panel in 2015 and to serve as a Department of Justice consultant.  In 2000, Sheriff Zyburt supplemented his training by graduating from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. 

During his career, Sheriff Zyburt has served on many Law Enforcement Boards/Committees and continues to do so as Sheriff.  He has also been very active in community service over the years and is still an active member of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team, Marquette Area Public Schools District Crisis Team and Marquette County Paisano Club.