Menominee County Sheriff in 2016


Sheriff Kenny Marks

Kenny Marks enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 1982 in Menominee, Michigan. Following boot camp, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant while serving in the Fleet Marine Forces. Sergeant Marks was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in December 1985 via the Enlisted Commissioning Program.  Following training, First Lieutenant Marks was assigned as an infantry battalion platoon commander of the First Battalion Sixth Marines. In 1988, he transferred to the Selected Marine Corps Reserve and joined Communications Company, 4th FSSG at Greensboro, NC, and served as the Company Executive Officer.

In September 1990, Captain Marks was recalled to active duty for service in support of the Persian Gulf War.  He was assigned to MAG-41, NAS Dallas, TX as the assistant aircraft maintenance officer and managed maintenance divisions of F/A-18 Hornets, F-4 Phantoms II and CH-53D Sea Stallions. In March 1993, he reported to Marine Wing Communications Squadron 48, NAS Glenview, IL and was assigned as the operations and training officer. He was promoted that year to Major. 

Kenny Marks started his law enforcement career with Cannon Falls Police Department in Minnesota, where he served as a 911 Dispatcher and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate. Kenny also worked for the Edina Police Department in Minnesota. He served as a Patrol Officer, Emergency Medical Technician, SWAT Sniper, Firearms Instructor, Use of Force Instructor and DARE Officer. In August 1996, Major Marks was assigned to Marine Forces Pacific, Camp Smith, Hawaii as an assistant operations officer, information systems, as part of a planning staff that updated and exercised war plans for both Korea and the Middle East.

In June 2001, Kenny Marks started his career with the Menominee County Sheriff Department as a correctional deputy. In September, after 9-11, Major Marks was recalled to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan and was later transferred to Marine Forces Central Command in Bahrain to plan for the invasion of Iraq. In the years that followed, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and served as a war planner for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, Djibouti. In July 2003, Lieutenant Colonel Marks returned from the Middle East and was released from active duty. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, Marine Corps Unit Commendation, Sea Service Deployment, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, Global War on Terrorism Service, Navy Unit Commendation and Marine Unit Commendation.

Kenny Marks resumed his service with Menominee County in 2003 and served as a Correctional Deputy, Road Patrol Deputy, Undersheriff, Veteran Services Officer and is now a second term Sheriff of Menominee County. Sheriff Kenny Marks is married to retired Major Kyna Hager and they have two adult daughters.