Two police officers promoted, one resigns

FLINT TWP. — On May 5, the township board unanimously approved promotions of police officers James Baldwin to lieutenant and Francis Hartner to sergeant.

Their names were presented by the Civil Service Commission as the next eligible candidates for promotion, following openings created by the retirement last month of Lt. Tim Jones.

A swearing-in ceremony for Baldwin and Hartner was scheduled from Wednesday, May 7, at the police station.

Lt. Baldwin joined the township police department in 1997, according to a brief bio presented by Police Chief George Sippert. He has served various assignments including patrol officer, community policing officer, school resource officer, detective, road patrol supervisor and detective sergeant. As a detective sergeant, he supervised day to day operation of the Investigation Unit.

Baldwin began his career with the township force. He holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Lake Superior State University.

Sgt. Hartner joined the town- ship police force in March 2009 as a road patrol officer. After two years, he was assigned to detective in the Investigation Unit. In that role, Hartner is assigned all child abuse/neglect cases and criminal sexual conduct cases.

Last week, he received the Multidisciplinary Team Member of the Year Award for outstanding service from the Weiss Child Advocacy Center of Flint.

Hartner holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University and an associate’s degree from Oakland Community College.

The township board also accepted the resignation of Officer Troy White. Chief Sippert said he is leaving to take a job with the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Department. White has been with the department since March 2012. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served two deployments to Iraq an also previously worked for the Jackson County Sheriffs Department.

Township trustee George Menoutes repeated his recurring complaint about the time and money the department invests in training new officers only to have them go work somewhere else, after a few years.

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