Sheriff’s deputy retires after spending 38 years serving as law enforcement officer
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
After serving Crawford County for the last decade, Deputy Michael “Jake” Jacobi is ready to retire for good this time.
Jacobi filled his last shift for the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, October 24, capping a 38-year career in the law enforcement field.
Jacobi was raised in Mt. Morris and graduated from high school there in 1975. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and served as a medic for four years.
Jacobi returned to his hometown and served as an EMS technician for an ambulance service. It was then that he and a number of his peers applied for jobs at the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
“We all started out as corrections officers and I think I had every duty there,” he said.
Genesee County has a population of 425,790 with Flint serving as the county seat and major center for county residents.
Jacobi worked his way up through the ranks, serving on the road, as a paramedic, on the FBI violent crimes task force, in the detective bureau, on the undercover narcotics unit, and supervisor on second shift.
Wanting to get as much police work in as possible, he also served as a part-time police officer for the Mt. Morris Police Department.
Jacobi retired from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office in 2005, and moved to northern Michigan.
Still bit by the bug to serve as a law enforcement officer, Jacobi maintained part-time positions as a police officer for the Village of Otisville Police Department and Clio City Police Department.
“I loved the job and I enjoyed those communities,” Jacobi said.
Tired of commuting back and forth, Jacobi took a job as part-time police officer for the Grayling Police Department, which turned into a full-time position.
In 2009, Crawford County Sheriff Kirk A. Wakefield asked him to join the force at the sheriff’s office.
Working most of his time on the night shift, Jacobi said he simply loves the challenge law enforcement officers are faced with.
“It’s front row tickets to the best show on earth,” he said. “What the job brings you every day can be different things.”
Jacobi said the only difference in working in rural Crawford County compared to an urban area is there are less people with a fewer amount of police officers to address the issues that arise.
“This community presents the same type of problems that a big city presents, you just have a different amount of people that you’re dealing with,” he said.
Jacobi has one grown son, and with his wife, Lynn, has two step-sons and one step-daughter. The couple has nine grandchildren.
After working 12-hour shifts for decades, Jacobi plans on putting more miles on his cherished Harley Davidson.
“Next summer, there is going to be more saddle time on my motorcycle,” he said.
He also plans to spend more time fishing, boating, and spending time with the little ones.
“I plan on more time seeing the grandkids more often,” he said.
Crawford County Sheriff’s Shawn M. Kraycs said Jacobi joined the sheriff’s office during a time of transition and helped mentor younger deputies.
“Jake came to us from a large sheriff’s department, and a high crime rate, and with an enormous amount of experience,” Kraycs said. “He’s got involved in some serious situations right out of the gate, and handled them as any other police officer would and should, and he’s been just a valuable piece of the puzzle here and part of our solution for last 10 years since he been here. We’re going to miss him. We’re going miss his experience. We’re going to miss his knowledge. We’re going to miss his ability to handle situations the only way a 38-year vet can.”
Kraycs and his deputies wished Jacobi well in his future endeavors.
“I’m happy for Jake that he’s at the point in his life where he’s ready to put what we all do every day for years and years and he’s ready to put that behind him and move on to the next chapter of his life,” he said.
Deputy James Scroggin, who has worked for the Gerrish Township Police Department in Roscommon County for five years, is taking Jacobi’s place at the sheriff’s office.