Marion Police Sergeant Michael Ross has been with the Marion Police Department since 2009 to serve citizens, and has been instrumental in leading the next generation of officers.
Ross began in Patrol, served as a Detective with the Joint Effort Against Narcotics (JEAN) Team, and is now a Patrol Sergeant active in Crime Scene Investigation and Firearms Instruction.
Sgt. Ross has a passion for protecting his hometown. He pursued the path of Crime Scene Investigation to help victims get justice. “I love helping to be the voice of victims who cannot speak for themselves.” He also sees the need to lead oncoming officers. “We are a very young department now. I want to supervise and help guide this next generation.”
For those applying for or just beginning a career with the Marion Police Department, Ross advised to follow the “Golden Rule,” the principle of treating others as one would want to be treated.
Before MPD, Ross served with the Grant County Sheriff’s Department as a Jail Officer/Training Officer where he gained experience he said he needed to prepare him for his current career.
Before landing his ideal role with MPD, he gained a multitude of experience along the way as a Field Training Officer, Designated Marksman, Primary Instructor, and member of the Emergency Response Team. He has participated in over 700 drug cases leading to over 550 arrests during his time with the JEAN Team. Through experience and outstanding work, Ross has received MPD’s Medal for Meritorious Service and the Award of Excellence.
Police Chief Angela Haley shared a bit about Ross’s character and work ethic. “Sgt. Ross followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a Police Officer. He is an excellent leader and mentor to younger officers. He is a devoted family man and cares about Marion and his fellow officers. We are fortunate that he chose to stay and raise his family here, and work to make the community a safer place for all.”