Jerrod Hart, Assistant Chief of Police in Novi, and Jeffrey Lewis, Director of Public Safety for Muskegon, are the two finalists to be police chief for the City of Saline.
A city hiring committee worked with The Mercer Group, an executive search firm contracted for $25,000, to review 40 applications and narrow the field. City Council will have a special meeting Nov. 9 to interview the finalists. The meeting begins at 6:15 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.
Saline Police Chief Larry Hrinik is retiring after more than five years in Saline and 44 years in law enforcement. His final day in Saline is Nov. 14.
City Manager Todd Campbell said city council will consider a motion to cover the position on an interim basis when council meets Nov. 13. Campbell refused to say what that recommendation will look like.
“It will be on the Nov. 13 agenda,” Campbell said.
Campbell refused to say why he couldn’t share the recommendation.
“It will be on the Nov. 13 agenda,” Campbell reiterated.
City Council will interview the finalists at 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., Nov. 9.
At 5 p.m. there’s a public meet-and-greet in the city hall council chambers.
Council is expected to make a decision on the final candidate at an upcoming meeting.
Hart is a graduate of Ferris State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He has a master’s degree in technology with a concentration in homeland security and emergency management from Eastern Michigan University. He began his career with the Novi Police Department in 1991. He has been a detective, field training officer, school resource officer and sergeant in his career. He also served on the West Oakland Major Crime Task Force.
Lewis served 20 years in the Ypsilanti Police Department and was police chief in Milan before moving to Muskegon to become Director of Public Safety in 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University.