Shelby Police Department hires first officer in six years

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published March 18, 2015

 Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot swears in Officer Kevin Bailey at the Shelby Township Police Department March 9.

Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot swears in Officer Kevin Bailey at the Shelby Township Police Department March 9.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On March 9, Clerk Stanley Grot swore in Kevin Bailey, who is the first police officer to join the ranks of the Shelby Township Police Department since January 2009.

Police Chief Robert Shelide said Bailey came to Shelby Township as a seasoned member of law enforcement. Bailey served with the Auburn Hills Police Department for 11 years.

Bailey won the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Lifesavers Award twice for the most drunken driving arrests made in Auburn Hills.

Bailey said he is a Training for Intervention Procedures trainer to teach bar and restaurant staff about the responsible sale and consumption of alcohol, and he teaches a related course at the Macomb Police Academy.

As a resident of Shelby Township, Bailey said he made the move from the Auburn Hills Police Department to the Shelby Township Police Department to be more involved in the community in which he lives.

“From my experience in Oakland County, Auburn Hills is an extremely professional police department, and the fact that we’re gaining a young man like this is a tremendous accomplishment for the township,” Shelide said. “(Bailey) is very professional and an outstanding communicator.”

Shelide previously worked at the Southfield Police Department in Oakland County for 21 years.

“Like in all of our departments, Officer Bailey is one of the most important employees because he is on the first line of contact between our residents and our taxpayers,” Supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “I’m confident, knowing the Board of Trustees, Chief Shelide and the command officers within, that Officer Bailey will have all the tools he needs to be successful.”

On May 6, 2014, Stathakis and the Board of Trustees negotiated that all new hires in the police and fire departments would receive the same retirement plan, which is similar to a 401(k) plan, as general township employees, instead of a pension plan.

Pension reform was the board’s No. 1 priority since 2012, and ending the pension system was what Stathakis called “the biggest news” since he took office.

Bailey will be the first police officer in the new retirement system.

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