Officer receives promotion to sergeant

FLINT TWP. — Flint Township Police Officer Neal Donovan has been promoted to the rank of sergeant, following Monday’s approval from the Flint Township Board of Trustees.

Donovan has been an employee of the police department since 2007 and has served as a patrolman for nearly 12 years. During that time, he served as a K9 handler for seven years and served as a field training officer.

Before beginning his career with the department, Donovan earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice at Ferris State University.

Donovan was sworn in as sergeant on Tuesday and will return to road patrol duties serving as a shift supervisor. His pay rate was increased from $29.28 per hour to $33.09 per hour.

The board also approved hiring four new police officers. Gaven Ackerman, Adam Gilley and Kyle Applebee will be hired effective June 10, and Emily Meixsell will be hired effective Sept. 3 when she starts training at LERTA Police Academy at Mott Community College.

Meixsell has been employed by the department for the past four years as a communications operator. She has bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and sociology from the University of Michigan- Flint. Ackerman holds an associate degree in criminal justice from Baker College. Gilley holds an associate degree in criminal justice from Delta College. Applebee has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University.