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New head of Grand Traverse Corrections selected

Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office

The Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office has appointed a new jail administrator.


Lieutenant Christopher Barsheff has been promoted to Captain, and will now oversee the Corrections Division. Barsheff has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1996, and has led the community policing program and supervised deputies.

Barsheff’s predecessor, Todd Ritter, was accused of misusing funds and using his position to engage in sexual relationships with former inmates.

According to a Michigan State Police report obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request, Ritter also allegedly gave favorable treatment to some current inmates, expensed a night at a hotel with a former inmate and kept sexually explicit images on his company phone.

Ritter resigned in April following an investigation.

The Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the allegations.

Taylor Wizner covers heath, tourism and other news for Interlochen Public Radio.