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Shier retires from MSP

Joseph Shier

MARQUETTE — Michigan State Police First Lieutenant Joseph Shier, post commander of the Sault Ste. Marie Post and Newberry Detachment, has retired.

Shier, originally from Rockford, graduated from Lake Superior State College, according to an MSP release. He began his career as a public safety officer with Huntington Woods Public Safety in 1988.

In 1989, Shier enlisted in the Michigan State Police and graduated with the 106th Trooper Recruit School. He was initially assigned to the Owosso Post until his promotion to detective sergeant at the Sault Ste Marie Post in 1996.

Shier promoted to first lieutenant in April of 2010, serving the St. Ignace Post and Manistique Detachment. He returned to the Sault Ste. Marie Post in March of 2016 as post commander where he finished his career.

Shier was honored with two professional excellence awards and a lifesaving award during his career with the MSP. Shier and his wife Karen have been married 28 years and have raised a daughter, Courtney who is a law student at the University of Michigan.

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