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Posted on Sat, Mar 31, 2012 : 12:01 p.m.

EMU announces finalists, public interviews for police chief job

By Staff

Eastern Michigan University has released the names of five finalists for its vacant chief of police / executive director of public safety position.

Each finalist is expected to attend a public forum in the coming days at the EMU Student Center. According to a press release, the EMU community "is invited to attend each of these public forums, to meet the candidates and to provide input on feedback forms available at the forum."

The finalists and their scheduled forums are:

Amy Walker - Chief of Police, City of Ypsilanti. Public Forum: Tuesday, April 3 at 2 p.m. in Room 330 of the Student Center.

Daniel Pfannes - Undersheriff, Wayne County; and former Chief of Police, City of Westland. Public Forum: Wednesday, April 4 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 330 of the Student Center.

Bob Heighes - Interim Chief of Police and Executive Director of Public Safety, Eastern Michigan University. Public Forum: Tuesday, April 10 at 2 p.m. in Room 350 of the Student Center.

Mark Reiss - Chief of Police, City of Riverside (Ohio). Public Forum: Wednesday, April 11 at 2 p.m. in Room 302 of the Student Center.

Scott Pavlik - Police Captain, City of Warren. Public Forum: Friday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 330 of the Student Center.

EMU lost its police chief upon the death of Greg O'Dell in December.

The members of the search committee are:

• Leigh Greden, Chair Executive Director, Government & Community Relations

• Larry Barkoff Deputy General Counsel

• James Carroll Interim Associate Provost

• Matt Evett Faculty Senate; Professor of Computer Science

• Ellen Gold Executive Director, Student Well Being

• Walter Kraft Vice-President, Communications

• Jelani McGadney President, Student Government

• Vicki Reaume Vice-President & Secretary to the Board of Regents

• David Shefferly Police Officers Labor Council

• Shana Thompson Police Officers Assoc. of Michigan


Chase Ingersoll

Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 1:01 p.m. have you just dropped any continuing coverage of the circumstances surrounding the suicide of the former EMU Police Chief? Specifically, there was a suicide note that was taken by the police. Have you FOIA that? There is a lot of information that keeps coming to light about what was happening over at U of M that predicated his return to EMU.


Mon, Apr 2, 2012 : 1:26 p.m.

I would speculate that the clause in the Michigan FOIA that allows public agencies to decline to release certain documents that "constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy" (page 5, below document) might end up being used if Chief O'Dell's suicide note is FOIA'd. I could see the agency argue, perhaps justifiably so, that without further evidence of a crime, to release his note would be a serious invasion of his surviving family's privacy.

toothless wonder

Sun, Apr 1, 2012 : 7:26 a.m.

Police Chief Cole DiCenzo ? (He has the right stuff to make Chief.)