Sgt. Andrew Hartwig was named interim Chief of the Saline Police Department at Monday’s Saline City Council meeting.
Saline City Council voted 6-0 to accept staff’s recommendation that Hartwig fill the shoes of departing Chief Larry Hrinik while the city onboards its next chief. Later in the meeting, city council voted 6-0 to authorize City Manager Todd Campbell to offer the job and negotiate a contract with Novi Assistant Police Chief Jerrod Hart.
Hrinik’s last day on the job is Tuesday, Nov. 14.
Sgt. Hartwig told council he was confident that he and his fellow officers in the department would maintain the police department until the new chief takes office.
“I have full confidence in the police department. We have got a very deep well of experience and expertise in the department. Several of us could be caretaker temporarily while we’re awaiting the appointment of the new chief. I certainly feel capable of taking care of the department during that time,” Hartwig told council.
Campbell explained the selection of Hartwig.
“I talked with Chief Hrinik and he believes Sgt. Hartwig is up for the task,” Campbell said.
Campbell said Hartwig meets the city’s minimum educational requirement, possessing a bachelor’s degree. He also graduated from police staff and command course.
“He’s had myriad assignments in Saline, working as a field training officer, firearms instructor and for a short time he managed the cadet program. More recently he’s taken on detective responsibilities. He’s well respected by he fellow officers,” Campbell said.
Hartwig began as a patrol officer in Saline in 2001 and was promoted to sergeant in December of 2013.
Campbell said he hoped the new chief would be on duty in 60 days or less.
Councillor Janet Dillon asked how Hartwig’s new responsibilities will impact staffing in the department. Campbell said that Hartwig is already providing supervision and management during the day shift.
“We’ve talked about time management and Sgt. Hartwig believes he can accomplish what he needs to accomplish,” Campbell said.
Earlier in the meeting, outgoing Police Chief Larry Hrinik was given a round of applause by city council and those in the council chambers.
“Thank you for your service (to Saline) and more importantly thank you for more than 40+ years of service in the name of public safety. That’s pretty amazing,” Marl said.
Hrinik was hired by the City of Saline in 2012.