HART – Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast has announced that Detective Mark Schneider will be promoted to Corrections Division Lieutenant, replacing current Lt. Louis Herremans retired effective May 10, 2019.

Lt. Herremans has accepted the Chief of Police position at the Hesperia Police Department.

Lt. Herremans has been with the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office for 29 ½ years. He began his career at the sheriff’s office as a dispatcher when those operations were still conducted at the sheriff’s department. Lt. Herremans was later promoted to deputy sheriff, sergeant, and lieutenant.

Lt. Herremans has served the office in numerous roles including firearms instructor, defensive tactics instructor, tactical team member and dive team member. He was a long time college instructor at WSCC in the law enforcement program and mentor for countless law enforcement officers. Lt. Herremans’ knowledge, wisdom and passion for law enforcement will be missed.

Lieutenant Mark Schneider comes to this position with 22 years of experience in law enforcement.

Lt. Schneider graduated from Montague High School in 1991 and West Shore Community College in 1997. He has spent 12 years working in the uniform services division, and the last 10 years in the detective bureau. Lt. Schneider was previously a tactical team member for 12 years, a Hostage/Crisis Negotiator, Chemical Munitions Instructor, Certified Forensic Interviewer, and has received special training in: Forensic Pathology, Cyber Investigations, Cell Phone Investigations, and Traffic Crash Investigations.

Sheriff Mast believes that Lt. Schneider will continue to promote professionalism and integrity within the corrections division.

Sheriff Mast and staff wish Lt. Herremans the very best as he starts a new chapter in his career. “Lt.Herremans will be a great asset for the citizens of Hesperia, and we know that we will continue to have contact with the new Chief,” wrote the sheriff.