Greenville to choose new public safety director within next few weeks; 3 candidates remaining

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 9:56 am on Monday, July 15, 2013


GREENVILLE — The city of Greenville has narrowed its search for a Public Safety director to three candidates.
This position, which became vacant when Michael Pousak resigned after just a year on the job, has been filled by Interim Director Michael Stuck since the end of May.

After thorough background checks and research on the candidates, City Manager George Bosanic announced the top three candidates for the position.


Mark Hetfield

Mark Hetfield of Corunna was a criminal justice major from Lansing Community College, where he graduated in 1981. He also received a certificate of achievement-law enforcement in 1977 and attended the Mid-Michigan Law Enforcement Center Academy in 1979.

Hetfield received an advanced police officers certificate in 1987 followed by attending Eastern Michigan University School of Police Staff and Command in 1996 and partook in the Executive Forum in 1998. In 1999, he attended Central Michigan University Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Institute and later attended the FBI-LEEDA Michigan Police Executive Development Seminar.

From April 1983 to May 2005, Hetfield served on the Corunna Caledonia Township Fire Department and was in the roles of a paid on-call fireman and fire chief.

From October 1982 to May 2005, Hetfield was employed by the city of Corunna. He filled the positions of police officer from October 1982 to January 1985, sergeant from January 1985 to May 1994, chief of police from May 1994 to May 2005.

From July 2005 to May 2010, Hetfield served on the city of Williamston. He filled the position of chief of police during that time period. Information as to his work experience after 2010 was unavailable at press time.

Hetfield’s certification include MCOLES, LEIN operator/TAC, breath-test operator, RADAR/LIDAR, firefighter I and II, ICS-300, ICS-400 and a state of Michigan realtor license.

“In my 31 years working in the criminal justice system, I have dealt with individuals from all backgrounds and diverse occupations — from the smallest petty crimes to investigations dealing with individuals in higher walks of life,” Hetfield stated on his resume. “I have always upheld the confidentiality that the office of chief of police demands.”


Mark Reiss

Mark Reiss, 48, of Dayton, Ohio, was a criminal justice major at Grand Valley State University, where he graduated in 1991. He also attended Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in 2001.

From 1987 to 1991, Reiss served as a public safety officer at Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

From 1989 to 1990, he was a narcotics investigator with the Michigan State Police and then returned as a public safety officer at the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety from 1991 to 1995. He was promoted to detective at the department from 1995 to 1996 and then promoted to sergeant from 1997 to 2004.

From 2004 to 2008, Reiss was operations division commander lieutenant, which was third in command at the agency. In 2008, he was hired as the chief of police at the Riverside Police Department in Riverside, Ohio, where he currently works.

His certifications included firefighter I and II, fire officer I, II and III.

“I possess experience in all phases of law enforcement and fire fighting, emergency management, fire safety, large-scale event planning, policy development, personnel management, labor negotiations, strategic planning, budget development and investigations,” Reiss stated on his resume. “Additionally, I have significant training in modern community policing strategies as well as a proven track record of an ability to develop and maintain professional relations internally and externally.”


Joseph Spagnuolo

Joseph Spagnuolo, 47, of DeWitt, was a criminal justice major at Lansing Community College and a business administration graduate from Almeda University. He also attended the Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Institute at Central Michigan University in 2010.

From September 1984 to October 2001, Spagnuolo served as assistant chief/captain/firefighter/emergency medical technician (EMT).

From 2001 to 2011, he was employed at DeWitt Area Fire and Rescue serving as a firefighter/EMT from November 2001 to July 2006 and a captain/EMT from July 2006 to January 2011.

Spagnuolo was employed at the Maple Rapids Police Department and served as the chief of police from October 2000 to April 2006.

From June 1990 to April 2006, Spagnuolo was a public safety officer, training sergeant and K-9 handler at the Capital Region Airport Authority Department of Public Safety.

From April 2006 to August 2009, he was employed as the chief of police at the Elsie Police Department.

Currently, Spagnuolo is the ARFF instructor at Kellogg Community College (employed in 1997), firefighter/EMT at the DeWitt Township Fire Department (employed 2011) and police lieutenant at the DeWitt Police Department (employed in 2009), where he served as a part-time police officer from March 2006 to July 2009.

Spagnuolo received the following certifications: law enforcement officer, state of Michigan firefighter II, aircraft rescue fire fighting, fire officer I, II and III, nationally certified arson investigator, state licensed EMS, MCOLES firearms instructor, defensive tactics instructor, speed measurement radar instructor, incident response to terrorist bombing instructor, instructor for Michigan fire fighters training council, MFFTC apparatus driver instructor, American Red Cross first aid/CPR/AED instructor, hazardous materials instructor, incident command instructor, arson detection for the first responders instructor, open water/ice water rescue, aircraft rescue fire fighting instructor, NIMS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800.

“Throughout my career, I have demonstrated my ability to manage incidents and personnel in areas of police, fire and EMS,” Spagnuolo stated on his resume. “I believed in a ‘leadership by example’ philosophy and enjoy a good working relationship with all personnel I have encountered.”


The Greenville Department of Public Safety director position was advertised on the Michigan Municipal League website. Applications for public safety director were accepted until April 12. A salary of $70,000 to $80,000 is being offered.

The position will be confirmed by the Greenville City Council during a public meeting.
Upcoming dates for the meeting include 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6 and Aug. 20 at the Greenville City Hall Chambers.

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