Edmore Village Council chooses new police chief

By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 11:42 am on Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The Edmore Village Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a pay raise for Luke Sawyer, who will be replacing outgoing chief of police and village manager Karl Kluwe as police chief. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

EDMORE — Outgoing Edmore village manager and chief of police Karl Kluwe has announced his choice for his replacement on the Edmore Police Department.

When Kluwe retires at the end of April, Luke Sawyer — a two-year veteran of the department — will step into the chief’s shoes.

At Monday evening’s council meeting, Kluwe said he had performed the requisite background checks on Sawyer and “found no reason for concern.”

The council voted to raise Sawyer’s hourly wage to $18 when he takes over the chief’s position, based on Kluwe’s recommendation.

Sawyer brings to the job not only his two years of experience on the Edmore force, but a four-year degree from Central Michigan University, as well as police academy credentials.

“He’s a young chief,” Kluwe said. “But I’m sure he’ll do a good job. I told Luke I’ll still be around and there will be some mentoring.”

Edmore Village Manager and Police Chief Karl Kluwe will be retiring at the end of this month. Edmore officer Luke Sawyer will replace him as chief of police. The council is still searching for candidates to take over the village manager position.

As village manager, it was Kluwe’s job to name his replacement as chief, however, the council had to approve the pay increase. The job is part-time and Sawyer will be working from between 28 and 30 hours each week.

Village President Chet Guild expressed satisfaction over Kluwe’s choice for police chief, saying, “(Sawyer) is a hometown boy. He brings a lot of enthusiasm to the job.”

When Kluwe leaves at the end of April, the village manager position also will be vacant. At present, no replacement has been found to fill the vacancy, however, the council voted to have the personnel committee seek out potential candidates.

“We’ll meet and figure out whether we want someone full or part time and then get the search started for village manager,” said Councilman Chuck Burr.

Kluwe said he would provide the council with a packet designed to “get everyone up to speed” if he a new manager has not been hired by the end of the month.

“I’d like to thank Karl for all the hard work he’s done, for everything,” Guild said. “I’m sure the council does, too.”

“It’s been a learning experience,” Kluwe said.

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