Greenville’s new public safety director aims to connect with community

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 1:04 pm on Monday, April 09, 2012

New Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Michael Pousak is adjusting to life in Greenville after his move from Oak Park. One of his favorite Greenville activities is running on the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling


Mike Pousak’s resume at a glance

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 various training and experience including budget preparation and presentation experience

Education and training:
• Riverview Gabriel Richard High School
High school diploma, 1982
• Wayne State University
Bachelor of science in criminal justice, 1986
• Oakland Police Academy
Law Enforcement Certification, 1986
• Northwestern University Center of Public Safety
School of Police Staff and Command, 2002
• Oakland University
Masters of public administration, 2006
• FBI – Law Enforcement Executive Development
Michigan Police Executive Development Seminar, 2006

GREENVILLE — The new director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety comes to town with a strong background in law enforcement and many ideas for the future.

Michael Pousak began his new position on March 26 and is already taking strides to be in the public eye and make himself accessible.

Pousak, 47, retired from the Oak Park Department of Public Safety as a detective lieutenant last September, where he started in 1987 as a public safety officer.

“It’s important he comes with a public safety background and an understanding of how (public safety) works,” said Sgt. Gary Valentine, who has been Greenville’s interim director since December.

Working up through the ranks, Pousak held titles such as detective, patrol sergeant, training sergeant and patrol lieutenant.

“I wanted to continue in public safety,” said Pousak of why he applied for the position in Greenville. “(Greenville) was the right size.”

Oak Park has a population of about 30,000 people. Greenville’s population is about 8,000 people.

Pousak said he likes how Greenville is not as congested as Oak Park and also that it is more pedestrian friendly. He is looking forward to functions such as the Danish Festival, because Oak Park did not have similar events.

“They used to have fireworks, but because of the budget they were cut,” Pousak said.

This is not the first time to the west side of Michigan for Pousak and his family. His wife’s family is from the Grand Raids area so they have vacationed in this part of Michigan in the past.

So far, Pousak said he is really enjoying Greenville.

“(The community) has been really welcoming and polite,” he said. “It’s a nice thing. You can tell it’s genuine too.”

Pousak has a likable personality, and he exhibits and asks for respect, according to Valentine. He said Greenville has a good department and foundation for Pousak to build off of.

Like any new job, Pousak said he has received a lot of information and has been going around to meet with many groups and organization throughout Greenville. He said he appreciates how nice people in the community are and how helpful they have been.

One goal of Pousak’s is to “keep building on the blocks already here.” He has met most of Greenville’s officers and staff at the department and said they are all friendly to work with.
“They are people I would have hired,” Pousak said.

Being connected to the community is a major idea that Pousak wants to implement in Greenville. Some of his ideas to connect the department with the community include holding events like child safety-seat inspections, prescription drug drop-offs, fire alarms drives and more.

“These are just ideas though,” Pousak said. “If these were to happen, we would have to find room in the budget.”

Most of all, Pousak plans to be approachable and flexible to the community. If someone wants to talk with him, he will do his best to make sure he is available.

“I am going to do my best to provide service to the community,” Pousak said.

Pousak replaces Michael Stuck, who retired in December as director of the Department of Public Safety.
“I look forward to see what he brings to the department,” said Valentine of Pousak.

Pousak will earn an annual salary of $78,000 with the opportunity for an increase to $80,000 after the first 12 months and will receive benefits, according to his hiring contract.

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