Sterling Heights police chief to take job at Metroparks

The Detroit News

Retiring Sterling Heights Police Chief Michael Reese has been appointed to a similar position at Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

Reese, who is set to retire after 37 years with the force and eight as chief, becomes police chief of the system of 13 parks on Nov. 30, Metroparks officials announced Tuesday.

He makes about $95,000.

The Metroparks has searched for a police chief since April, when George Phifer became its director. He had served as police chief and deputy director.

“Chief Reese and I will look forward to maintaining our long standing partnerships, which have been established with our law enforcement professionals and citizens throughout Southeast Michigan,” Phifer wrote in an email. “Mike’s longstanding law enforcement career will continue to add value to the Metroparks and its Police Department.”

Reese announced his retirement from Sterling Heights last week.

Serving as the city’s interim chief is Capt. John Berg, who joined the force as a police officer in 1989. Sterling Heights officials expect to search for a chief for four to five months.