Former Garden City deputy chief expected to be appointed as interim Saline police chief Monday night
The Saline City Council is expected to appoint Mike Lindman, a retired deputy chief from the Garden City Police Department, as its interim police chief Monday night following the announced retirement of longtime Chief Paul Bunten.
Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell and City Manager Todd Campbell interviewed three candidates for the position and agreed on Lindman. He's been retired for more than five years, according to a memo to the City Council from Campbell, and will not be able to carry a gun because his state law enforcement certification through Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) has expired.
In addition, because he is not certified, he cannot enforce laws or announce himself as a police officer, the memo states.
However, Campbell’s memo states, a chief of police does not need to be certified according to MCOLES’ regulations.
Lindman is expected to begin duties on Jan. 3 and work 40 hours a week at an annual salary of $80,289, although he's only expected to work for the city for about six months until the city hires a new permanent police chief.
He will be given a dedicated vehicle from the city’s fleet to drive during regular hours, which he will not be able to take home.
Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for AnnArbor.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more Saline stories, visit our Saline page.