Sylvan LakeApril 23, 2013
SL City Council votes on temporary manager, police chief merger
By Sherri Kolade
C & G Staff Writer
SYLVAN LAKE — Sylvan Lake City Manager John Martin will have added responsibilities on the job after City Council members unanimously voted to temporarily merge the city manager and police chief positions April 10.
City Council member Eucharist Cassar was not in attendance during the meeting.
The decision to merge positions came after Police Chief Mark Silver announced his May 31 retirement during a March 13 City Council meeting; he served the city for 13 years, including eight years as police chief. The positions will remain consolidated until a new police chief is found.
Mayor Michael Zubrzycki said there is no set date for hiring a new chief.
“There’s no timeframe for finding a new chief,” Zubrzycki said in an emailed statement after the meeting. “We don’t want to set an artificial goal. We will give ourselves enough time to find the most qualified individual. When we finally post the position requirements, all qualified candidates will be considered.”
Zubrzycki said Martin’s next endeavor is to ensure continuity in the department.
“It is not uncommon in smaller cities to have the city manager head multiple departments,” he said.
Martin said Silver and the city arrived at the decision by mutual agreement. He told the Beacon in an emailed statement that the temporary merger will save the city about $50,000.
Martin said a pay increase has not been discussed for his added responsibilities.
He said that, with his new position, he is directly responsible for the Police Department and its officers.
“We have great officers who are very good at their job, so I’m not worried about the day-to-day operation,” Martin said. “We will be reviewing all aspects of the department, though. The changes that we will be considering will be to benefit the residents of Sylvan Lake and the department.”
Martin said outsourcing was a plausible option before, but now it is not.
“In the past, City Council has discussed outsourcing the department and various positions within the department,” he said. “As of now, I believe the consensus of City Council is to keep our own department and deliver the highest level of service at the most economical cost. That is an easy statement to make, but finding that perfect balance between cost and service is not easy to achieve.”
Martin’s new title is the director of public safety.
“I am working with the current officers, reserves and other agencies to come up with a hierarchy for the department with individuals having specific duties and responsibilities,” Martin said. “All of these things will be morphing, as time goes on, until we find the best solution for our department and residents.”
Zubrzycki said that, with the merger, the city will still have the same level of protection.
“Residents should be assured that the Sylvan Lake Police Department continues to provide full coverage with current staffing levels,” he said. “We have a complement of full-time, part-time and reserve officers that provide (24 hours a day, seven days a week) coverage.
“We recognize that the residents voted in favor of a public safety millage back in 2011, so we keep that in mind when making any decision that affects the police and fire,” Zubrzycki said.
Learn more about Sylvan Lake at (248) 682-1440.
- Last 24 Hours
- Last 7 Days
- Last 30 Days
- Chupa named to 37th District Court bench - Warren
- School board opposes open carry of firearms in schools - Roseville
- Teen accused of molesting 3-year-old - Sterling Heights
- LOOKING BACK: Roy Kaul and Santa Claus c. 1940s - St. Clair Shores
- Drunken driving: The ultimate consequence is life - West Bloomfield
- Rizzo rep faces Eastpointe council’s recycling questions - Eastpointe
- Local man’s song sung by former ‘Beach Boy,’ Chris Farmer - St. Clair Shores
- Police arrest four for Christmas shopping through theft - Commerce Township
- Ukrainians rally in support of ‘Euromaidan’ demonstrators - Warren
- ‘Tis the season to lace up those ice skates - Metro Detroit
- Local moviemakers tackle Joker in ‘Smile’ - Royal Oak
- Subsidy deal points to Barnes & Noble closure - Royal Oak
- After decades, family pulling plug on Christmas display - Royal Oak
- New book showcases dozens of notable Grosse Pointe residents - Grosse Pointes
- Missing woman found dead - West Bloomfield
- Looking Back: Selinsky-Green Farmhouse c. 1898 - St. Clair Shores
- New Macomb Mall owners to redevelop Crowley’s building - Roseville
- BHS Orchestra selected to perform at Carnegie Hall - Berkley
- Local resident opens toy company at Partridge Creek - Clinton Township
- Community gets ready for 38th annual Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade Nov. 29 - Grosse Pointe City
- Looking Back: Harper Woods High School - Harper Woods
- Sterling woman hurt in shooting - Sterling Heights
- Christmas comes to the Shores - St. Clair Shores
- County board considers regional water authority proposal - Macomb County
- Hams looking for taller towers in Roseville - Roseville
- BHS Orchestra selected to perform at Carnegie Hall
- Local resident opens toy company at Partridge Creek
- All in the family
- Christmas Wonderfest brings holiday wonder to Novi
- Ferndale resident taking part in Potters Market for first time
- Ferndale fifth-grader starts business selling hand-sewn monsters
- New book showcases dozens of notable Grosse Pointe residents