FLINT TWP. — The Township Board of Trustees voted 5-1, with Trustee Barb Vert dissenting, to authorize Supervisor Karyn Miller to formally request the Flint Township Civil Service Commission to provide the name of one eligible candidate for promotion to police sergeant at its March 7 meeting. Trustee Frank Kasle was not in attendance.
The authorization came after Chief of Police George Sippert sent a letter to the board and township administration, detailing the need for a police sergeant since Sergeant John Seibel is retiring effective March 26. In his letter, Sippert said he has “reduced the number of supervisory officers significantly over the past two years in an effort to control costs.” When he was appointed Chief in 2004, the police department had four lieutenants but the number has been reduced by half to two lieutenants. Since his appointment, Sippert also pointed out that the number of sergeants has gone from eight to five.
“Since January 1, 2010, the police department has lost 260 years of police experience due to retirements and the passing of Detective Abdella,” he wrote. “With all the retirements and hiring in the last three years, forty-eight percent of our patrol officers now have less than three years experience. For these young officers, positive leadership and supervision is vital.”
With the upcoming retirement of Seibel, Sippert said the department will shift its personnel around, but one sergeant will be enough.
“Officer Donovan is back from the posse and now on road patrol,” Sippert said.
The next meeting of the Flint Township Board of Trustees is 7 p.m. March 21 in the township offices, 1490 S. Dye Rd. Details or for an agenda: Call 810-732- 1350 or visit www.flinttownship.org.