2017-01-19 / Life in Leelanau

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Jerry Reynard


JERRY REYNARD is a retired Ann Arbor police officer. JERRY REYNARD is a retired Ann Arbor police officer. Name: Jerry Reynard

Town or township of residence: Leland Township

Resident of county since: 1991 when I moved up here from Ann Arbor with my wife.

Age and birthplace: Age 78; born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, right across Lake Michigan from here.

Occupation: I’m a retired Ann Arbor Police officer. These days I’m a part-time contract worker for Leelanau County, conducting sheriff’s sales, process serving, and other civil legal matters.

Marital status (including children): My wife and I have no children.

You live in Leelanau County because: My wife is from here originally and she wanted to come home.

Last good movie you saw: I can’t remember the last time I went to see a movie. I like to watch documentaries on TV.

Last good book you read: I read a very old biography of Admiral David Farragut which I picked up recently at a used book store. I’m very interested in sailing and maritime matters, and it was really fascinating.

If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would that be: I simply wouldn’t trade places with anyone, not even for a day. I’m happy with my life.

Things important to you that you have accomplished so far: I once saved a guy’s life by pulling him out of the water back in the 1980s when I was sailing up on Lake Charlevoix. I also had a successful career as a police officer in Ann Arbor for 30 years.

What you hope to be doing in 10 years: I hope I’m still alive and watching documentaries on TV. If you’d asked me 10 years ago if I’d still be alive, I wouldn’t have guessed I’d still be here.

Things you lose sleep over: Not a thing. I never lose sleep.

If you could change one thing in Leelanau County, it would be: I’d limit the number of tourists who could come into the county. I’d make them buy tokens or something to get in.

Favorite dessert: Chocolate pie with whipped cream.

Are you a coffee drinker: I was for years but quit recently for my health.

Favorite place in Leelanau County: Good Harbor Beach

If you had more time you would: Spend more time on the water, sailing.

The words that best describe you are: Quiet and private but friendly and approachable.

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