Michigan State Police Lakeview Post has new commander, assistant

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 11:33 am on Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kevin Sweeney, left, is the new commander of the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, which covers Gratiot, Ionia and Montcalm counties. Brody Boucher, right, is the post’s new assistant commander. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

LAKEVIEW — There’s a new duo in charge at the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post.

Kevin Sweeney, 39, took over as post commander two weeks ago. He succeeds Andrea Nerbonne, who recently became director of the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety.

Brody Boucher, 38, took on assistant commander duties Monday.

Both men are Michigan State University graduates and they each have a well-rounded background in the field of criminal justice.

Sweeney originally majored in mechanical engineering, but became interested in law enforcement late in his college career.

“I did some ride-alongs in Lansing and fell in love with the job,” he said.

Sweeney spent eight and a half years on road patrol with the Michigan State Police Newaygo Post. He was promoted to desk sergeant at the Rockford Post for two years. He served as Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division liaison at the Lansing Post for five and half years, then worked another six months as lieutenant.

“What I enjoy most about this job is being back in uniform with the troopers,” said Sweeney, who resides in the Rockford area. “We just want to provide the best service we can for the citizens in the Lakeview post coverage area.”

As post commander, Sweeney oversees a three-county coverage area of Gratiot, Ionia and Montcalm counties, including detachments in Sheridan, Ionia and Ithaca. Sweeney supervises 38 troopers — including 12 in Ionia, eight in Ithaca, seven in Lakeview, five in Sheridan and six specialty team members — four sergeants (soon to be six), five detective sergeants, seven motor carrier officers to monitor commercial traffic vehicles and three secretaries.

Boucher majored in criminal justice and interned with the Michigan State Police. He worked as a deputy for the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department for two years before switching to the Michigan State Police as a road patrol trooper and narcotics team member in Lansing for 10 years. He was promoted to shift commander in Battle Creek for two years, then transferred back to Lansing to work as a legislative liaison in the director’s officer for a year and a half.

“I really like working with people and I like seeing our troopers and sergeants succeed because it benefits the entire community,” said Boucher, who resides in the Lansing area.

Sweeney and Boucher both encourage community members in Gratiot, Ionia and Montcalm counties to feel free to call them at the Lakeview Post at (989) 352-8444.

“We’re here for the community,” Boucher said. “We’re both here for the right reasons because we both want to be in the field. This is an exciting time to be in the field.”

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