FLINT, Mich - We talked to former Genesee County Robert Pickell about his career in law enforcement.
In 1999, Robert J. Pickell was sworn in as Sheriff of Genesee County.
Sheriff Pickell has over forty-five years of experience in the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice System, and five and one-half years of experience in the Central Intelligence Agency with worldwide work experience.
Early in his career, he was a teacher at Holy Redeemer High School. From 1965 through 1967, he was a City of Flint Police Officer on special assignment to the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office, and received a Professional Excellence Award from the Flint Police Department. He retired from the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in 1989. At that time, he moved to Langley, Virginia, to work for the Central Intelligence Agency. He received the CIA Exceptional Performance Awards in 1991, 1992, and 1993. In 1993, he was selected by the CIA to attend the Advanced Studies Program sponsored by the FBI at the University of Virginia. He returned to Genesee County in 1994, and established Pickell Investigations and Polygraph Services in Flint, Michigan. He owned and operated this until he was appointed Sheriff in January 1999.