Major G. Michael Craft graduated from Hamilton Taft High School in 1980. He is a lifetime Hamilton resident and a former Champion Paper employee. He made his career switch to law enforcement when he joined the Butler County Sheriff’s Office in October 1989 as an undercover drug agent. After attending the Basic Peace Officer Training Academy, Major Craft was assigned as a Corrections Officer until he was promoted to Road Patrol in June 1991.
Promoted to Detective in 1996, Major Craft was assigned to work three tours in the Drug Unit, was a D.A.R.E. & G.R.E.A.T. Officer, assigned to the Crime Prevention Unit and was the first Detective assigned to the newly created “Crimes against the Elderly” program in 1995. In 1996 he was named “Employee of the Year”.
After his promotion to Sergeant, Major Craft was assigned to supervise the Detective Division and Drug Unit, until he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2000. As a Lieutenant he worked assignments in Court Security, the Civil Division and was Deputy Warden of Corrections for over four years. His final assignment as a Lieutenant was with Criminal Investigations, until his promotion to Operations Captain in November 2013.
Along with his other assignments, Major Craft has also been a member of and supervised the BCSO Marine Patrol Unit and Hostage Negotiators. With over twenty-seven years of experience at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Major Craft has worked countless high-profile homicides and investigative cases along with county-wide, record-breaking drug cases.
Based on his extensive knowledge and experience gained throughout many years of service, Sheriff Jones promoted him to Major on February 24, 2015.