Chuck Heit

Title: Undersheriff
Phone: 269-983-7141, ext. 7219
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Undersheriff Heit joined the Berrien County Sheriff's Office in 1993. In 1999 he left to become the Chief of Police in New Buffalo, Michigan. He returned to the Sheriff's Office in 2002 and has served as Undersheriff since January 1, 2003. 
 Undersheriff Heit is a graduate of New Buffalo High School, attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Central Michigan University. He graduated from the Kalamazoo Valley Regional Police Academy and studied Sociology and Criminal Justice at CMU. He has attended several specialized trainings: FBI National Academy, Michigan Police Executive Development Seminar and Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police-New Chiefs' School. The Undersheriff experiences include: Patrol Officer for the Buchanan Police Department, Deputy Sheriff for the Berrien County Sheriff's Office and served as Chief of Police in New Buffalo, Michigan.
 Undersheriff Heit and his wife Michelle have three children, one grandchild and reside in New Buffalo.
Community Involvement


  • New Buffalo Area School Board of Education: 2014 to Present 

  • St. Joseph Lions Club 2016 to Present

  • New Buffalo Lions Club: 1995 to 2005 

  • New Buffalo Area School Board of Education: 1995 to 2007 

  • New Buffalo High School Football Coach: 2008 to 2016

  • Blossomtime Festival Board of Directors: 2010 to 2018




  • Life Saving Award - New Buffalo Emergency Services - 1996
  • President's Award - New Buffalo Lions Club - 1999 & 2000
  • Lion of the Year - New Buffalo Lions - 1996 & 1997
  • Distinguished Leadership Award - Michigan Association of School Boards - 2007 



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