Social Science Faculty
Michael Sherzer is an assistant professor in Criminal Justice. He retired as a lieutenant from the Battle Creek Michigan Police Department in 2010, after completing just over 25 years of service. At the time of his retirement, Battle Creek PD has a sworn strength of 120 officers.
During his law enforcement career he had the opportunity to see the criminal justice profession from a variety of perspectives. He spent time in the patrol division as a patrol officer, sergeant and lieutenant. He also spent five years as a detective assigned to the Special Investigative Unit. Duties included a variety of drug investigations, undercover drug buys, informant management, writing and executing drug search warrants, working with a federal drug task force and state grand jury. His final three years with the department was spent as the head of the Calhoun County Cold Case homicide team.
Prof. Sherzer teaches a variety of courses at Olivet, including police administration, criminal investigation, terrorism homeland security, police operations, criminal procedure, and a new leadership course. He also serves as the director of Judicial Affairs for the College.
In November 2013 he was elected to the Battle Creek City Commission.
Prof. Sherzer earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northern Michigan University and his master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University. He also completed the School of Police Command and Staff FBI National Academy at Eastern Michigan University, 2016 session.