Sterling Heights police chief to retire

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

After 37 years with the Sterling Heights Police Department, Chief Michael Reese has announced his retirement.

Reese’s last day on the job will be Dec. 11, city officials said Thursday.

Hired to the department in 1978, Reese worked his way up from officer to leader of the department. He’s served as chief since 2008.

“It has been my honor to serve as chief of police for the Sterling Heights Police Department and I want to thank the mayor, City Council, city staff and most importantly the residents of Sterling Heights for their support,” Reese said in a statement Thursday.

During Reese’s time as chief, the department regionalized its dispatch center, privatized the Police Department Detention Facility and passed a Safe Streets Millage in 2013, officials said

“Chief Reese has done an incredible job leading the Sterling Heights Police Department and he will be greatly missed,” said Mayor Michael C. Taylor. “Throughout Chief Reese’s tenure, Sterling Heights has consistently ranked as one of the safest large cities in the state of Michigan and the entire country.”

“I am proud of the department’s success in my years as chief, but it is important to point out that nothing could have been achieved without the hard work, dedication and commitment displayed by our officers and non-sworn personnel,” Reese said.

Capt. John Berg has been named interim chief. Berg joined the department as a police officer in 1989.

The city’s search for a new chief is expected to take four to five months.

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