Forsyth Township Police Chief Joe Fitzgerald resigns
Forsyth Township is looking for a new police chief, after Joe Fitzgerald resigned from his post Tuesday.
The Forsyth Township Board held a special meeting Tuesday to accept the resignation. Fitzgerald began the position in January, after Gordy Warchock retired in December.
It's not clear at this time why Fitzgerald stepped down since it was a closed session and Fitzgerald declined to speak to TV6 & FOX UP, but the Forsyth Township supervisor says it had nothing to do with last week's shooting investigation.
The board says it's in the process of interviewing candidates for this position.
Along with this news, the board voted and approved to increase the pay of supplemental police officers from $15 an hour to $20.
They also announced a new incentive plan for officers coming out of the academies. It will be a contractual based $5,000 stipend which will be paid out over four years.
"For whatever reason there is a shortage of law enforcement officers probably across the country, certainly in the state of Michigan, and we would like to get some people in here and get them invested in our community and we figure if we can get them on board with the initial incentivisation, we can prove to them that Forsyth Township is the law enforcement agency they want to be a part of it,” said Forsyth Township Supervisor Joe Boogren.
Forsyth Township Police Department is pleased with the board's decision. They say it will help lessen the heavy load, and allow them to build more relationships in the community.