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Posted on Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 11:17 a.m.

Saline City Council hires Mike Lindman as interim police chief

By Lisa Allmendinger

The Saline City Council hired Mike Lindman, a retired deputy chief of the Garden City Police Department, as its interim police chief Monday night.

The move follows the announced retirement of longtime Police Chief Paul Bunten.

Three candidates - Lindman, Rachel Sadowski-Spiegel, former police chief of the Pokagon Board of Potawatomi Indians, and Jim Ridener, former police chief of the Westland Police Department - were interviewed by Mayor Gretchen Driskell and City Manager Todd Campbell for the interim position.

Lindman, who has been retired for more than five years, is expected to begin the job on Jan. 3 and work with Bunten until Jan. 13.

Lindman 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, he can neither enforce laws nor announce himself as a police officer, according to a memo from Campbell.

A chief of police does not need to be certified according to MCOLES’ regulations, Campbell’s memo states. reported that the vote was 6-1.

It's expected that he'll be on the job for about six months until a new police chief is hired and Campbell said previously that he recommended that the interim chief not be in the running for the permanent position.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at For more Saline stories, visit our Saline page.



Sun, Dec 25, 2011 : 6:46 p.m.

Lisa, just curious how many cars have been charged on the EV charging station behind Comerica Bank? Yet another Gretchen disaster!

Go Blue

Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 3:50 p.m.

He's unable to execute the full responsibilities of the job description yet he's to be paid as though he could at a hefty $80,000 plus salary? That is one expensive babysitter 'cause that's pretty much what it sounds like his job description is. Where is the logic to that choice? Oh wait, doesn't need logic, probably someone's buddy.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 2 p.m.

How many times is the AA News going to run this. We got it the first time.


Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 1:33 p.m.

What the heck is going on here? Can't carry a gun, can't enforce laws, can't announce himself as a police officer? Are we describing Brian Marl's Uncle or what????????????