Meet Terence Mekoski
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Father, husband, and candidate for Michigan's 8th Senate district. Terence has spent over 34 years upholding our Constitution and upholding the law as a Law Enforcement officer. Having managed multi-million-dollar budgets and teams of over 1,000 personnel, Terence knows what it means to lead and serve. With this desire to serve, the decision for Terence to run for Michigan's 8th Senate district seat became unquestionable, to continue to uphold the Constitution and protect the rights of the people of Michigan. "NO MORE POLITICS AS USUAL."
Answering the call to serve has been the story of Terence’s life. It was his childhood experiences that led him to a path of service.
At the age of 19, he entered the Detroit Police Academy, where he was appointed an officer for his hometown Detroit Police Department (DPD) in 1985, protecting some of the same streets he grew up on as a child.
For the next 5 years at DPD, Terence provided uniformed and plain clothes emergency response across the city. This was just the beginning of a law enforcement career that has earned him 12 commendation awards, 4 professional excellence citations and 2 Sheriff’s Distinguished Unit Citations.
Starting in 1990, Terence began an exceptional 26-year service career at the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. He rose from the rank of Deputy II and retired in 2016 as Deputy Commander of Patrol Services.
During his career, Terence served as a sergeant in the Narcotics Enforcement Unit and as Agent in Charge of a FBI Multi-Agency Task Force and a DEA Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force. His unit’s surveillance of possible drug smugglers uncovered 15 kilos of cocaine valued at $10 million — the largest seizure in Macomb County history.
As a sergeant, lieutenant and deputy commander, Terence supervised over 1,000 deputies, 12 substations including Marine Unit, Aviation Unit, A/E Unit, Mounted Unit, Traffic Unit, Reserve Unit, Cadet Unit, Dive Team, and Traffic Reconstruction Unit.
Soon after retirement, he returned to the DEA as the Senior Financial Investigator for the Opioid Strike Force to continue the fight against our nation’s drug crisis.
Whether on the street participating in SWAT response or in school as a D.A.R.E. Officer, Terence has always put his community first and will do the same for Michigan's 8th Senate District.
Now he's ready to lead as your Senator. Terence will continue his life of community service and provide solutions for Michigan's toughest challenges.
Michigan's 8th Senate district encompasses Bruce Twp., Washington Twp., the Village of Romeo, Shelby Twp., Utica, Ray Twp., Chesterfield Twp., Lenox Twp., Harrison Twp., Mount Clemens, New Haven, St. Clair Shores and Grosse Pointe Shores.
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