Police officer suddenly resigns

FLINT TWP. — After less than a year of employment, township police officer Daniel Joseph Ray has resigned for undisclosed reasons.

Police Chief George Sippert announced at the March 4 township board meeting that Ray’s “unexpected” letter of resignation had landed on his desk that afternoon. He said he had not spoken to Ray personally and did not have the opportunity to do an exit interview.

Ray’s resignation letter was passed on by a lieutenant. He did give two weeks notice which makes March 14 his last day.

Asked why Ray resigned, Sippert said he had heard various reasons that were personal and would be discussed privately with any inquiring board member.

Ray joined the police force as a certifiable officer who had already been through the police academy. He and was one of five candidates chosen from the civil service eligibility list and ultimately selected as one of three new officers to be sworn in on March 26 last year.

At that time, Ray was described as holding an associate’s agree in accounting from Baker College. He was also said to be working as a security officer at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing and also part-time on the Perry police force. He had moved back to Michigan after working for the police force in Conyers, Georgia and his wife was employed as a police officer in Owosso.

Ray’s resignation opened the way for Sippert to ask the board’s permission to make a conditional employment offer to a candidate discussed a few months ago as a potential hire.

The police force is budgeted for 35 officers. Sippert said the conditional offer would let the candidate know that the township is serious about hiring him.

He said he expected it to take about a month at most to get through the background check and other preliminary hiring procedures.

In the past few years, board trustees have voiced concerns about retention of officers after the township has spent money and time to train them.

Another officer had to be replaced in 2011 when he left to take another job after only one year of service.

Trustee George Menoutes asked then about the possibility of including a requirement that new hires who stay less than two years would have to reimburse the township for training costs.

But Chief Sippert reported in January that the idea had been looked into and determined that a required-length-ofservice stipulation was not an option. The police department cannot legally require and office to remain on the force for any set amount of time before seeking a job elsewhere, he said.

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