Retired Oak Park lieutenant chosen as Greenville’s new public safety director

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 5:18 pm on Thursday, February 23, 2012

Michael Pousak will be the new director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety. His tentative start date is March 26. Pousak is a retired detective lieutenant for the city of Oak Park Department of Public Safety. —Daily News/Kelli Ameling


Licenses and training:
• MCOLES Certified Law Enforcement Officer
• MFFTC Certified Firefighter
• MFFTC Fire Officer III
• Community Oriented Policing/School Liaison Training
• Licensed Medical First Responder and CPR
• 25 years of carious training and experience including budget preparation and presentation experience.

Education and training:
• High school diploma from Riverview Gabriel Richard High School, 1984
• Bachelor of science in criminal justice from Wayne State University, 1986
• Law enforcement certification, Oakland Police Academy, 1986
• School of police staff and command from Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, 2002
• Master of public administration, Oakland University, 2006
• Michigan police executive development seminar from FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development, 2006

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Department of Public Safety has a new leader.

The Greenville City Council confirmed the appointment of Michael Pousak as public safety director during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

City Manager George Bosanic said Pousak’s tentative start date is March 26.

“I think you will be very impressed as I was,” Bosanic told the council.

The appointment comes after former director Michael Stuck retired on Dec. 31. The position is currently being filled by Interim Director Gary Valentine.

“(Pousak) had all of the qualifications we are looking for,” Bosanic said. “He is just a wonderful, wonderful man.”

Bosanic said he spent a lot of time in the interview process and the decision was not easy to make.
Five finalists went through an interview panel that included Bosanic, City Attorney James Mullendore, Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell and Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause.

The candidates were narrowed to three and were interviewed for a second time by the city’s department heads. Full-time public safety staff interviewed the final three candidates as well.

“It came to be (Pousak) was the right choice,” Bosanic said. “But it was a difficult choice.”
Pousak, 47, said he enjoyed meeting the officers at the department and said Valentine has been very gracious.

“I plan on coming in and keeping a positive influence,” Pousak said.

With his personality, Pousak believes he will fit right in.

“I look forward to working with Mr. Bosanic and the staff,” Pousak said.

Pousak retired last September from the Oak Park Department of Public Safety. He had worked there since 1987.

Over his 24 years at the department he worked his way through the ranks as public safety officer, detective, patrol sergeant, training sergeant, patrol lieutenant and detective lieutenant.

From 1984 to 1987, Pousak served as cadet and patrol officer through the Wayne State University Public Safety.

Councilman Mark Lehman said Bosanic’s interview process was really good and he has enjoyed seeing that in the past as well.

“(Pousak’s) credentials are fantastic,” Lehman said of the new director.

Mayor John Hoppough agreed, saying Bosanic was “extremely thorough” and welcomed Pousak in the new position.

“I think (Pousak) will do a great job for the community,” Hoppough said.





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