Greenville Department of Public Safety director steps down


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 8:32 am on Monday, March 18, 2013

Michael Pousak

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Department of Public Safety director is stepping down after one year on the job.

Michael Pousak gave City Manager George Bosanic a two week notice last week. Pousak’s last day will be Good Friday, March 29.

Bosanic had kind words to say about Pousak’s past year of service with the city.

“We certainly wish him and his family well,” Bosanic said. “It’s certainly admirable that he puts his family first. We’re going to have to go through the hiring process again and hopefully we can find another candidate who rises to his level.”

“It’s strictly family reasons,” Pousak told The Daily News. “It’s been tough on the family. That’s the reason the decision was made. It’s priority. That’s my ultimate priority, my family.”

Pousak had previously retired in September 2011 from the Oak Park Department of Public Safety, where he had worked since 1987. He officially took over Greenville Department of Public Safety director duties on March 26, 2012, after Michael Stuck retired as director on Dec. 31, 2011.

Pousak was one of five finalists who went through an interview panel comprised of Bosanic, attorney James Mullendore, Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell and Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause. Pousak was hired at an annual salary of $78,000.

“It was a great opportunity,” Pousak told The Daily News. “The people I’ve worked with have just been fantastic. I enjoyed a good relationship with the community. I’ve been very fortunate. Everyone’s treated me very well.”

The Greenville Department of Public Safety director position is currently being advertised on the Michigan Municipal League website ( mml.org/classifieds). Applications for public safety director are being accepted until April 12. A salary of $70,000 to $80,000 is being offered.

“The successful candidate must possess strong leadership skills, knowledge and experience in modern police administrator/practices and the investigation and prevention of crime, progressive command experience, collaborative management style, excellent communication skills, experience in labor/management relations, be fiscally responsible with extensive knowledge of budget preparation and control, be certified as a public safety officer level 1 firefighter or be willing to become certified and enjoy working with the general public,” the job advertisement states.

The public safety director reports to the city manager and supervises 17 full-time public safety officers, 21 part-paid firefighters, 11 reserve police officers and three full-time civilian administrative staff. The public safety department’s budget for 2011-2012 was $1.5 million.

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