FLINT TWP. — Three new police officers will report for duty on March 26, after approval of their hiring by the township board Monday night.
Troy Allen White, Glen Aric Hill and Daniel Joseph Ray were recommended by Police Chief George Sippert to fill positions vacated by retirements.
“We have been in constant movement with personnel,’’ Sippert said of the turnover.
The new hires will bring the size of the force back up to the budgeted level of 35, including himself, he said.
The hiring process had been delayed until late last year while a new Civil Service eligibility list was compiled.
Five candidates were chosen from that list and the three officers named as finalist, pending board approval.
Two of them are native Michiganders who have been working out of state because they could not find work locally, Sippert said. Their start date was pushed back to March 26 allow time for them to give notice at their current jobs.
White holds an associates degree in criminal justice from Mott Community College and is a graduate of the Flint Police Academy, Sippert said. He has been employed by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department for the past 11 months. He also is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served two deployments to Iraq.
Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ferris State and currently serves on the police force in Madison, Wisconsin. He is returning home to Michigan and on March 15 will complete a one-week Recognition of Prior Training and Experience program to become licensed to work in Michigan.
Ray has an associate’s degree in accounting from Baker College. He is licensed in Michigan and currently working as a security officer at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing and also part-time on the Perry police force. He worked for two years on the police force in Conyers, Georgia before deciding to move back to Michigan. His wife is a police officer in Owosso.
Trustee George Menoutes asked if the new hires would be required to live in the township.
Sippert responded that the current contract residency rule stipulates that the new officers have six months to move within 20 miles of the township.
They will sworn in on March 26.