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 From left, Grosse Pointe City and Park Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni, Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Director John Kosanke, Grosse Pointe Farms Public Safety Director Daniel Jensen and Grosse Pointe Shores Public Safety Director John Schulte celebrate the May 3, 2019, groundbreaking for the City’s new public safety building. Poloni’s contract as the City’s public safety director was just extended for another year.

From left, Grosse Pointe City and Park Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni, Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Director John Kosanke, Grosse Pointe Farms Public Safety Director Daniel Jensen and Grosse Pointe Shores Public Safety Director John Schulte celebrate the May 3, 2019, groundbreaking for the City’s new public safety building. Poloni’s contract as the City’s public safety director was just extended for another year.

File photo by Deb Jacques


Grosse Pointe City extends public safety director’s contract for another year

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published December 30, 2019

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Grosse Pointe City Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni will be retaining that title for at least a bit longer.

During a Dec. 16 Grosse Pointe City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously to extend Poloni’s contract for at least another year.

City Manager Pete Dame said Poloni has been the City’s public safety director since 2011 and has jointly served as the public safety director for both the City and Grosse Pointe Park since 2015. Dame praised Poloni for being an “excellent leader” who has brought about “beneficial changes” in the department in terms of training, equipment, staffing and other areas.

“We would like him to stay longer,” Dame said.

As the director of two neighboring departments, Poloni has been able to coordinate training, procedures and equipment purchases, Dame said.

The new contract, which runs from Jan. 1, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2020, increases Poloni’s base pay from $55,000 to $60,000. Dame said it’s Poloni’s first pay increase in four years.

City Councilman Donald Parthum Jr. was among those who strongly supported the pay raise, calling it “well deserved” and “long overdue.”

According to the terms of the agreement, future salary adjustments “will be by recommendation of the city manager and approval by the City Council. In addition, (the) employee may be paid annual merit bonuses as may be determined by the city manager and as budget constraints permit.”

The new contract allows for automatic annual extensions in the future, Dame said.

“I’d like to thank the council for their continued support,” Poloni said.

Poloni came to the City in 2011 after serving as the public safety director in Grosse Pointe Shores since 2004. He began working in the Shores Public Safety Department in January 1987. Prior to that, he spent several years working for the city of River Rouge as an administrator in the Clerk’s Office, a member of the Department of Public Works and a firefighter.