FLINT TWP. — in an update to the township board about his ongoing quest to hire more police officers, Police Chief George Sippert said that he hopes to bring the names of two more candidates to the January meeting, then two more in February.
The department currently has seven open positions.
Twenty applicants responded to a recent round of job posts, Chief Sippert said. Of those 16 showed up for a written test and nine of them passed. They were invited for an interview. Six passed and have been added to a current list of eligible applicants. Chief Sippert said they are now conducting background checks prior to recommendations for hiring.
He also said he is hoping to hire two of the 12 candidates who graduated last week from the Mott Community College Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy (LERTA).
A Civil Service Commission Application Packet for entry level police officers is posted on the township board’s website at www.flinttownship.org. Eligibility for hiring, salary and benefits and other information is included in the post.
The department got the green light to hire more officer with the 2012 passage of a Police and Safety Fire Millage. But retirements, resignation and slow recruiting have made it difficult to fill all positions. Chief Sippert has said in the past that police hiring is a nationwide problem.