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Posted on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 6:17 p.m.

Sheriff's office promotes Marlene Radzik to lieutenant

By Staff


Lt. Marlene Radzik

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office announced Monday that Marlene Radzik has been promoted from a sergeant to a lieutenant.

Radzik will be the next police services lieutenant, according to a news release from Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton.

“Marlene is respected among her peers and brings a wealth of experience and professional insight into what works well in assuring the timely and effective delivery of community-based police services,” Dieter Heren, police services commander for the sheriff's office, stated in the release.

Radzik has worked in Washtenaw County for nearly 24 years as a corrections officer, deputy sheriff, LAWNET detective and police services sergeant, which included shift supervision. She presently serves as the Lodi-Manchester community sergeant and the deputy commander of the Metro-Crisis Negotiation Team. She will remain in the Lodi-Manchester position until a transition can take place at an appropriate time, according to the release.

In the past, Radzik has served as acting lieutenant while managing a special neighborhood enforcement team that focused on the Macarthur Boulevard area in Superior Township. She has also been on the Underwater Search and Recovery Team.

“Lieutenant Radzik loves her job, her peers and this community,” Derrick Jackson, director of community engagement, said in the release. “When I think of Marlene, I think of the great work she did while working with the residents of Macarthur Boulevard and the way she pulled a community together to focus on the root causes of addiction and prostitution with the E.A.S.Y. project.”

The promotion comes a few months before Lt. Troy Bevier is set to retire in April, according to Jackson.



Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 7 p.m.

There was a very relevant comment that had been posted here and removed. As far as I could tell, it did not violate any of the "community commenting guidelines." However, it wasn't all rainbows as is "to be expected" when articles such as these are posted. Any commentary on why that individual's comments were removed? The jist of the commentary read as follows: Often, public workers are given promotions in the final year or two of their careers - bumping their salaries to much higher levels. In doing so, the taxpayer is put on the hook for the final higher salary level of these workers going into retirement. For an individual such as Ms. Radzik - who may retire after just 25 years of work (presumably she started at 20 or earlier), this could mean a lifetime payout of over $100k - per year - from the age of 45 to...well, who knows when, adjusted for cost of living, inflation, and whatever else was built into the often *extremely* generous pension payout formulas. When we think about why cities are going bankrupt, you cannot point fingers at one person. However, it is possible to point more than one finger at what amounts to "inside jobs" by public employees and their unions, who negotiate outsized pay and benefit packages behind closed doors with administrators who will not be in office when the bills come due.


Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 12:35 p.m.

Kudos Marlene, well deserved! Willie


Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 6:09 a.m.

Lt Radzik. We who know you, deeply appreciate your years of service to Washtenaw citizens. Now that you are a command officer, get out there and Kick Butt (on some of those deputies :-)

One eyed man

Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 2:58 a.m.

A woman in uniform...... HOT! Congrats LT!

Samantha Towler

Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 11:32 p.m.

Congratulation Marlene. You have worked hard to protect us. Keep up the good work and stay safe. You have made women going into this profession proud.


Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 11:27 p.m.

Congratulations to Lieutenant Radzik. It sounds like she has had some challenging assignments over her 24 year career and handled them well. I wish her the best of luck in her new role.