Police department hires approved

FLINT TWP. —Samantha Buth will join the police force effective July 23 under a conditional offer of employment recommended by Police Chief Kevin Salter and approved Monday by the township board.

Salter said that Buth will fill one of five vacant positions in the department and also will be the fourth female on the 40-officer force. The department is budgeted for 45 officers.

Buth name was forwarded from the township Civil Service Commission. She has passed a physical and psychological examination, drug tests and an extensive pre-employment background check.

Buth has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Saginaw Valley State University and is a graduate of Lakeland High School. For the past four years, she has served as a full-time officer with the City of Saginaw police department.

Taking Buth’s experience into account, Chief Salter recommended that she be hired at the second-year base ay rate and be advanced to the third-year level of pay after she successfully completes the Field Training Program, as stipulated in the collective bargaining agreement.

A provision in the agreement, designed as an incentive to attract experienced police officers, allows the township, at its discretion, to start new police officers at any step in the pay wage scale, based on experience, education and training.

Buth also must successfully complete 12 months as a probationary employee following completion of Field Training.

Chief Salter also requested and receive approval for another staff addition. Effective July 30, Michelle Sanford will become a full-time Communications Operator (com-op). Sanford has worked for the department since 2007 as a part-time communication operator, usually pulling the weekend shift for the past 11 years. She also works full time during the week at Sam’s Club.

Sanford is a graduate of Flint Northern High School and attended Mott Community College for three years.

Sanford is being hired to fill one of four budgeted positions for com-ops, Chief Salter said. Two of the positions are filled and one will remain open after Sanford comes on board full-time.

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