When Glen Skrent left the gritty downriver area of metro Detroit in the 1970s in pursuit of a career as a conservation officer, becoming sheriff of Tuscola County was not on his radar.
However, Skrent says he’s ready for it now, especially after being elected sheriff in November and on the eve of taking over the role from retiring Tuscola County Sheriff Leland “Lee” Teschendorf on Jan. 1.
Skrent, 61, has been with the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Department since 1978, worked his way up the ladder during that time, and most recently served as undersheriff.
“I’ve worked all the aspects of the job so I know what’s needed and what’s not,” Skrent told The Advertiser.
“He’s going to do a good job,” said Mark Reene, prosecutor, Tuscola County. “I’ve been fortunate because I’ve been able to work with him in a variety of different roles at the sheriff’s department — as a sergeant, as a detective, and, of course, most recently as the undersheriff.”
Having the experience together is important, Reene said, because “it’s extremely important that a sheriff’s department and a prosecutor’s office be able to work together toward common objectives.
“You don’t always have that (outside of Tuscola County),” Reene said. (Read more)
(This story originally appeared in the Dec. 29, 2016 print edition of The Tuscola County Advertiser and can be read in its entirety online.)