Throughout his military and law enforcement careers, Jerry Cannon has lived the values of sacrifice and service every day. People have counted on him to step up, serve our community and protect our way of life in Northern Michigan. Now Jerry is ready to answer that call again.
A Vietnam veteran, Jerry served as a Major General in the Michigan Army National Guard and was deployed multiple times around the world to keep America safe, including tours in Iraq. While in Iraq, Jerry oversaw military police operations as Deputy Commanding General for Detainee Operations and U.S. Forces-Iraq Provost Marshal General. After serving as a Marine in Vietnam, Jerry joined the Army National guard in 1977, retiring in 2012. Using the GI Bill he earned a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Detroit in 1976.
Upon graduation, Jerry became a police officer, then a detective and eventually became Sherriff of Kalkaska County, Michigan. Jerry won election four times, eventually retiring in 2004 in order to focus on deployments to Cuba and Iraq.
Jerry and his wife, Elizabeth, life in Fife Lake, MI. Married for 43 years, Jerry and Liz are the parents of four children including a son who served two tours in Afghanistan. They have seven grandchildren.