GREENVILLE — A Greenville Department of Public Safety officer received an honor and promotion at the Greenville City Council meeting Tuesday night.
Josh McConkie was presented with a promotion to sergeant by Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mike Pousak.
“(McConkie) has been exemplary officer who gets along well with everyone and represents the department and community well,” Pousak said.
McConkie graduated from Alma College and was employed at the East Grand Rapids Department of Public Safety until 2007. While serving at that department, McConkie also served in the military as a combat engineer and was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He became an officer at the Greenville Department of Public Safety in 2008.
McConkie was one of the first officers in Michigan to take part in a drug recognition class, which helps officers detect people who may be on drugs, compared to someone with a medical condition. Pousak said McConkie will continue with this expertise.
“One thing that stuck out in my mind was when (McConkie) was filling out a questionnaire by (former Greenville Department of Public Safety director) Michael Stuck,” Pousak said. “One of the questions asked was, ‘If you could have any title or position, what would it be?’ When most everyone else put sergeant, McConkie wrote ‘dad.’ It says how he was raised and what kind of person he is.”
McConkie said he is excited about his new adventure with the Greenville Department of Public Safety.
“I am really excited to see where this department is going,” McConkie said. “I am very happy to see what the future holds.”
City Manager George Bosanic said McConkie has made great decisions during his time as an officer and appreciates what he has done.
“I think Michael Stuck and Michael Pousak have made an excellent choice,” Bosanic said.