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Meet Alyshia Dyer


Democratic candidate

Running for Washtenaw

County Sheriff in 2024


Alyshia Dyer is currently a therapist and served as a Deputy Sheriff at the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office for ten years.


Alyshia Dyer's childhood and background were marked by adversity and encounters with the criminal justice system. Growing up in Ypsilanti, Michigan, she experienced periods of homelessness as a juvenile runaway, which deeply influenced her perspective on the importance of community support and social justice. Her personal encounters with law enforcement exposed her to both respectful and harmful treatment by officers, leaving a lasting impact on her.


Her upbringing inspired in her a desire to serve the community. She completed Washtenaw Community College and then went on to serve as a road patrol deputy at the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office.  During her ten years as a Deputy Sheriff she finished her undergraduate degree at Eastern Michigan University. During this time young people she was mentoring were killed due to gun violence, and her understanding of how administrative policies at the Sheriff's Office played out in practice led her to make the decision to run for Sheriff


In addition to her experience working at the Sheriff's Office, she also received advanced degrees from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She has administrative experience working at the Civil Rights Office in Detroit where she served on the Equity Council leading the criminal justice committee, and worked for MOSES, a Michigan based non profit, as a lead Health Justice Organizer. Alyshia also co-founded and led a local community organization (Ypsi N.I.C.E) to include people in the decision making process for regarding rescue plan funding allocations. 


Locally she has served on the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office Juvenile Justice team, is a board member of WeROC (community and union organizing coalition), the YMCA, and has received awards from Sheriff Clayton for lifesaving efforts, meritorious service, community engagement, and program service improvement while working as a Deputy Sheriff. 


Alyshia's decision to run for Sheriff stems from her passion for public service and her understanding of how the local legal system can impact peoples lives in Washtenaw County. She is motivated to use her decade of experience to create a Sheriff's Office that will protect our community, our children, and our workers. On the heels of Sheriff Clayton retiring, Alyshia will bring a fresh vision and new leadership to this role to enhance our community safety. 

Together, we can do this!

- Friends of Alyshia Dyer

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