WILLEYThe Undersheriff is appointed by the Sheriff. The Undersheriff plans, organizes and directs the day-to-day operations of the divisions of the department.

The Undersheriff applies for and administers the department's grants, he also plans and monitors the entire department’s budget, including the training budget.

Personnel issues—such as hiring, promoting, grievances, and negotiating union contracts with the three unions representing the department’s 80 employees—are part of the Undersheriff’s job.

The Undersheriff also organizes new programs and changes in the daily operation of the department.

The Undersheriff must also write, update, and review departmental policy and procedure. In addition, the Undersheriff serves as a liaison between the department, the county administrator, and the county board.
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Undersheriff Dan Willey is an Ishpeming native who has served in the United States Air Force as a Security Policeman. After serving with the Air Force, he then joined the Ishpeming Police Department where he spent 30 years serving as Patrolman, Detective/Sergeant and then Chief of Police.

During his tenure at the Ishpeming Police Department, Undersheriff Willey obtained extensive experience in criminal investigation and has been the lead investigator of several high profile cases in Marquette County. As Chief of Police, Undersheriff Willey attacked the growing methamphetamine problem in Marquette County and his department was involved in over 20 cases of manufacturing or possessing methamphetamine in a 2 ½ year period, which greatly reduced this problem in the Ishpeming area.

Undersheriff Willey resides in Ishpeming and has been married to his wife Stacy for over 23 years. Together they have raised 7 children. They currently have 11 grandchildren with another on the way.