2018-02-01 / News

Deputy Gotts Joins Sheriff’s Office as Corrections Officer

By Stephanie Fortino


Deputy Nicholas Gotts is the newest corrections officer at the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office. He started working in the Mackinac County Jail Monday, January 8. Deputy Nicholas Gotts is the newest corrections officer at the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office. He started working in the Mackinac County Jail Monday, January 8. Deputy Nicholas Gotts has joined the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office, serving as a new corrections officer in the Mackinac County Jail. Mr. Gotts brings with him eight years of experience, having worked as a corrections officer in Calhoun County before moving to the Upper Peninsula.

Mr. Gotts was graduated from Olivet College with a four-year bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. As the last semester of his undergraduate program, he attended the police academy at Lansing Community College, where he earned an associate’s degree and all the necessary certifications to work in law enforcement.

Of corrections work, he said, “This is what I have my experience in and I enjoy the work. It’s a good fit.”

As a corrections officer, Mr. Gotts works with the inmates of the Mackinac County Jail, booking them into and out of jail, processing bonds, and maintaining the safety and security of the facility. Part of his duties include doing rounds and checks of the jail and distributing medication and meals.

“Just really dealing with the people who are incarcerated,” he said. “Making sure their needs are met and making sure they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing here.”

Over the years, Mr. Gotts has learned skills that equip him to work with inmates. The job can be challenging at times.

“It takes a special person and a special temperament” to be a corrections officer, Mr. Gotts said. “You learn to never take things personally. They’re not mad at you, they’re mad they’re in there, and mad at the uniform.”

Mr. Gotts and his wife, Stacy, moved to Clark Township the week between Christmas and New Year’s, and Mr. Gotts began work January 8.

Just a couple of weeks into his new position, Mr. Gotts said he is enjoying working with the staff at the sheriff’s office. Sheriff Scott Strait and Undersheriff Ed Wilk have helped make his transition to Mackinac County as easy as possible, he said, noting that the sheriff even helped him find a home to rent in Clark Township.

“It’s been a really easy transition to come up here,” he said.

He is familiar with the Eastern Upper Peninsula, as his family has spent many summers vacationing in the area. His father owns a place in Eckerman, and his uncle has a home on Drummond Island.

Mr. Gotts is drawn to the Eastern Peninsula and is happy to make Mackinac County his home.

“It’s more hometown and laid back than the hustle and bustle of downstate,” he said.

There’s also a sense of familiarity here, he said, where everyone seems to know him before he’s actually met them, and where the tellers at the bank pull up his account information immediately because they know he’s the newest customer.

Mr. and Mrs. Gotts are expecting their first child in July, and are looking forward to purchasing a new house in the area.

“I plan to retire from here,” he said. “This is where I want to be for a long, long time. I’m so happy to work here.”

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