Chief of Police position to be filled

Eastern Michigan University has moved into the final phases of the process to fill the vacancy created in December by the death of Chief of Police and Executive Director of Public Safety Gregory O’Dell. The Search Committee began its public forums Tuesday afternoon in room 330 of the Student Center.

EMU Director of Media Relations Geoff Larcom said in a mass email to campus, “the EMU campus community is invited to attend each of these public forums, to meet the candidates and to provide input on feedback forms available at the forum.”

The first two candidates were interviewed this week and the final three will be interviewed at public forums over the next two weeks.

Leigh Greden, EMU’s Executive Director of Government and Community Relations, chairs the search committee, which has nine other members including one student, Jelani McGadney, outgoing President of Student Government.

The candidates are Amy Walker, chief of police for Ypsilanti; Daniel Pfannes, undersheriff for Wayne County and former chief of police for Westland; Bob Heighes, interim chief of police and executive director of public safety at EMU; Mark Reiss, chief of police for Riverside, OH; and Scott Pavlik, police captain for Warren.

Walker and Pfannes were interviewed this week.

Heighes will be interviewed at 2 p.m. on April 10 in room 350 of the Student Center. Reiss will be interviewed at 2 p.m. on April 11 in room 302 of the Student Center. Pavlik will be interviewed at 9:30 a.m. on April 13 in room 330 of the Student Center.

The members of the search committee are Leigh Greden, Executive Director of Government and Community Relations; Larry Barkoff, Deputy General Counsel; James Carroll, Interim Associate Provost; Matt Evett, Faculty Senate and Professor of Computer Science; Ellen Gold, Executive Director of Student Well Being; Walter Kraft, Vice-President of Communications; Jelani McGadney, President of Student Government; Vicki Reaume, Secretary to the Board of Regents; David Shefferly, Police Officers Labor Council; and Shana Thompson, Police Officers Association of Michigan.

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