Shelide elected VP of regional police chief association

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published December 16, 2015

 Robert Shelide

Robert Shelide


SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Dec. 10, the Southeastern Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police voted in Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide as its second vice president.

A retirement left the position vacant. Shelide’s term will begin Jan. 1. The plan of succession provides that Shelide would become first vice president of the association in 2017 and president in 2018.

A major function of the group is to influence state legislation.

“I’m flattered, humbled and honored,” Shelide said. “One of the big things right now is legislators are potentially trying to soften up marijuana laws to make marijuana more accessible. We’re on the front lines to educate legislators about the dangers of marijuana.”

The group is composed of hundreds of police officers in administrative lieutenant positions and higher ranks, Shelide said, although the leadership is all chiefs of police. Members must be nominated and accepted, he said.

Shelide said he joined the organization in 2013 as an administrative lieutenant at the Southfield Police Department. He attends each monthly meeting.

“Each month they bring in a different speaker, and we discuss current events, what’s going on with equipment, training, etc.,” he said.

David Molloy, the director of public safety in Novi, submitted Shelide’s name for the position. Molloy sits on the association’s executive board and is a member of its nominating committee.

“I’ve known Bob for several years,” Molloy said. “He is a progressive and integrative young police executive.”

The group typically meets on a rotating basis in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties with the aim of making the region safer. The group partners with local, federal and private crime-fighting organizations, Molloy said.

“We never had one of our executives sit on the board,” Shelby Township Deputy Chief Mark Coil said. “I think it’s a great opportunity to align with our goal of setting the standard of law enforcement excellence in Macomb County.”