New entry-level police officer hired

FLINT TWP. — Ethan Thompson is set to begin work Monday, January 11, as an entry-level police officer.

The Flint Township Board unanimously approved his employment at its regular meeting Monday night.

Thompson graduated last month from the Mid-Michigan Police Academy, said Police Chief George Sippert. He also is a graduate of Saint Johns High School and attended Lansing Community College and Alpena Community College. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University.

Thompson successfully passed a background investigation, physical examination, drug test, and psychological examination, Chief Sippert said.

The Flint Township Civil Service Commission, in compliance with Act 78, of 1935, provided several names of eligible candidates including Thompson. He will probably be the last applicant hired off the current civil service list, Chief Sippert said.

Over the past 18 months, the Civil Service Commission has conducted three entry-level police officer testing processes and has now created an updated certified list of candidates eligible for employment.

Thompson will fill one of ten budgeted openings on the police force. His hiring brings the force to 36 sworn officers, Chief Sippert said.

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