STEVENSVILLE — The Lakeshore Alumni Association and Lakeshore Excellence Foundation have announced Michael Bradley as this year’s Lakeshore Distinguished Alumni.

The 1977 graduate of Lakeshore High School began his career in law enforcement serving with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office as a jail deputy and court security officer before being promoted to patrol deputy with the county’s enforcement division.

After three years on the road, he became the deputy director of emergency management, and, later, chief deputy of emergency management and homeland security.

He retired from the department with the rank of chief deputy.

Bradley’s work has been recognized by the Michigan Emergency Management Association, where he was awarded recovery, response, and preparedness of the year honors, as well as top professional emergency manager.

He was appointed in 2014, and again in 2018, by then-Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Citizen-Community Emergency Response Coordinating Council for his technical expertise in emergency management.

Bradley’s other community work includes serving as chair of the Berrien County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He currently serves as acting emergency management coordinator and deputy chief of police for the Pokagon Tribal Nation.

The Lakeshore Distinguished Alumni is chosen through a formal nomination and review process.

Lakeshore Alumni Association President and Lakeshore Excellence Foundation Trustee Chad Deja said Bradley was an excellent choice as this year’s honoree.

“The Distinguished Alumni committee looks for candidates who excel in their professions, and make significant contributions to their communities, to serve as role models who inspire and challenge today’s students,” Deja said in a news release. “Michael has, by far, exceeded these requirements, working behind the scenes in Berrien County so our community is prepared and safe in the event of an emergency.”

The Lakeshore Excellence Foundation will honor Bradley during a special ceremony before he speaks to graduates at commencement in June.