Wriggelsworth succeeds father as Ingham County sheriff

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Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth stands next to Scott Wriggelsworth at a post-election event at the United Association of Union Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinkler fitters & Service Techs Local 333 in Lansing

Alexa Walkowicz

Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth stands next to Scott Wriggelsworth at a post-election event at the United Association of Union Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinkler fitters & Service Techs Local 333 in Lansing

Scott Wriggelsworth

Scott Wriggelsworth

East Lansing Police Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth leads Eric Trojanowicz in the race to be Ingham County sheriff.

With 96.61 percent of precincts reporting, Wriggelsworth led 57.7 percent to 42.06 percent.

Wriggelsworth is the son of Gene Wriggelsworth, who is retiring this year after serving as sheriff for 28 years. The younger Wriggelsworth was promoted to lieutenant in the East Lansing Police Department in 2012 and currently serves in administration.

Eric Trojanowicz

Alexa Walkowicz

Eric Trojanowicz

“I’m excited about being an ambassador in our community— trying to rebuild that trust of local law enforcement— and learning, professionally and personally, the men and women that work there, and imploring them that they should think big,” Scott Wriggelsworth said. “In 2016, we have to police our community differently than we did 23 years ago when I started. Let’s be creative and see if we can make Ingham County an even better, safer place to live.”

Trojanowicz has served with the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office for 25 years, reaching the rank of captain before recently retiring.

“I knew coming into this that I had some obstacles that I had to overcome,” Trojanowicz said. “One of them was being a Republican running in a Democratic county, and the other was the name recognition that he had. I congratulate him; I’m sure he’ll do a fine job. I am (disappointed), because I thought I had a good chance to win this thing.”