Clinton Township Police Chief Bruce Wade, left, was sworn into the position April 7 at George George Park. Township Supervisor Bob Cannon signs the official oath of office.

Clinton Township Police Chief Bruce Wade, left, was sworn into the position April 7 at George George Park. Township Supervisor Bob Cannon signs the official oath of office.

Photo provided by Clinton Township Deputy Supervisor Liz Vogel


New police chief named in Clinton Township

Veteran officer to remain in role until October

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published April 20, 2021

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A longtime fixture in the Clinton Township Police Department is now the chief.

Bruce Wade was promoted to the role April 7, replacing former chief Fred Posavetz, who died due to complications from COVID-19 March 22.

Wade, who was officially confirmed for the position during a signing ceremony at George George Park, has been with CTPD for almost 37 years. The former captain knew Posavetz for nearly four decades — both men coming up in road patrol and responding to calls together.

“You get that close to somebody, it’s really hard to accept and it’s still a shock to everyone. We had a very close relationship, and we worked hand in hand since the day he became the chief,” Wade said April 8. “Obviously, me being the captain, I handled a lot of the administrative duties and worked hand in hand and met (with Posavetz) on a daily basis.”

Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon said the promotion was the result of civil service testing and seniority, with Wade and CTPD Capt. Richard Maierle being the highest-ranked department officials following Posavetz’s passing.

Cannon said he wanted to wait “an appropriate amount of time” to announce Posavetz’s successor, honoring the grieving process. He called Wade “calm, reassuring, very caring” and believes he will continue the former chief’s legacy in terms of morale and moving the department forward.

“It’s time to move on, and I think Fred would be proud because he basically mentored the two captains in there now, Capt. Rich Maierle and now Chief Wade,” Cannon said April 8. “I think we needed to show not only our staff, but the community that things are in good shape. Chief Posavetz had things in good order, and the people that will fill these roles will fill them in the way he wanted them.”

Wade is expected to remain in this role until October, when he is expected to retire from the force. In the meantime, he will oversee a couple of major technology projects and an adjustment to a different reporting system within CTPD.

Other retirements in the ranks are forcing officials to rearrange. Three new officers were scheduled to be hired April 22 while the Township Board of Trustees will fill other remaining vacancies.

“I kind of stepped in and took over to keep things going forward right now,” Wade said. “It is a transition, but I am familiar. There’s fluid movement, and I’m basically looking at making sure we’re getting the right people allocated to the right positions.”

Cannon said the same testing process will go into effect once Wade retires, going down the pecking order of department experience and filling vacancies as needed.

“There’s a lot of change going on, but the good part is that Fred knew this was coming,” Cannon said. “He didn’t know it would happen like this, but he’s prepared officers to move up in positions.”

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