From left, Detective Lt. Scott Sarvello, Officer Ian Calamita, Sgt. Kellie Bauss and Officer Scott Vierk pose for a photo after being formally sworn in to new positions. Next year, they will assume the roles of police chief, detective, detective bureau supervisor and sergeant, respectively.

From left, Detective Lt. Scott Sarvello, Officer Ian Calamita, Sgt. Kellie Bauss and Officer Scott Vierk pose for a photo after being formally sworn in to new positions. Next year, they will assume the roles of police chief, detective, detective bureau supervisor and sergeant, respectively.

Photo provided by Scott Vierk


Clawson promotes new police chief, sergeant, investigations team

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published December 4, 2018

CLAWSON — Come Jan. 1, the Clawson Police Department will sail under Detective Lt. Scott Sarvello as its new police chief, following the announcement of Chief Harry Anderson’s retirement.

The Clawson City Council swore in four members of the Police Department, including Sarvello, to new roles during its Nov. 20 meeting.

Sgt. Kellie Bauss will take over Sarvello’s position as supervisor of the detective bureau, Officer Scott Vierk will become a sergeant and Officer Ian Calamita will become a detective.

“We’re only a 17-officer department, and a fourth of our department is getting a revitalization in their career,” Sarvello said. “It’s a lot of change for a little place, but I think it’s an exciting change.”

Sarvello said his career goal has always been to become a police chief since starting with the Clawson Police Department 25 years ago. His father retired as chief of the Marquette Police Department, and his great-uncle served as chief of the Ishpeming Police Department.

“My main focus is just to get the officers a little more involved in the community,” he said. “Starting this year, we’re doing more with the Clawson Fire Department, and we’re going to have some different community events, working together.”

Sarvello, who has lived in Clawson for 16 years, praised the Police Department, saying he thinks its officers work well with the community.

“I’m going to work until I don’t enjoy it anymore,” he said. “Right now, I don’t see the ending. I really enjoy police work and I enjoy this community.”

Clawson Clerk Michael Smith said Sarvello has built long-lasting relationships with other police departments, residents, business owners, staff and fellow police officers.

“He will be a welcome leader to the position of police chief, and through the interview process, his knowledge, skills and ability has shown through,” Smith said.

Bauss has been with the Clawson Police Department since 2005 and has worked as an evidence technician, school liaison, investigator and supervisor. She also founded and coordinates a scholarship program for local students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. 

“This is actually my career goal for my entire life is to fulfill this position, so it is definitely much-appreciated,” she said. “I’m really excited for everything that’s going to come in the future.”

Vierk was one of four officers who applied for the sergeant position. He came to the Clawson Police Department in 2012 and has 10 years of prior experience in law enforcement with the city of Keego Harbor and Oakland Community College.

Anderson described Vierk as “hardworking,” “self-starting,” “ambitious” and a “professional,” and added that he has three times been selected as the department’s officer of the year, among other accolades.

“I like the small communities because you really get to know residents and business owners,” Vierk said. “It’s a great honor to attain my dream. It’s been my dream to be a sergeant with this department, and I look forward to my next role.”

Calamita, who has been with the Police Department for nearly a decade, will take over the three-year assignment of detective in June, replacing Detective Dale Mills. Sarvello said Calamita interviewed well with the four-person panel.

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge,” Calamita said. “Hopefully, Sgt. Bauss and I can move forward and do a good job of replacing the detectives that we have in there.”