IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City Police Department is welcoming its first female police officer in recent memory.
Officer Sara Colin was introduced and sworn in during Tuesday's (Oct. 2) city commission meeting by City Clerk/Treasurer Lynn Eutsler.
A 2012 graduate of Romeo High School, Colin has an Associate's degree from Macomb Community College and a Bachelor's Degree from Ferris State University She graduated from the Macomb Police Academy in 2016.
Colin comes to Imlay City having spent the past year as a part-time police officer in Almont.
Imlay City Police Sgt. Tim Wolford told commissioners he was pleased with the addition of Officer Colin to the city's police department.
"I think we're very fortunate that Sara (Colin) is joining our department," he said. "We expect that she will be an outstanding officer and example to our community."
Colin said she is the first and only member of her family to have entered the field of law enforcement—and she's proud of the accomplishment.
"Law enforcement is something that always piqued my interest," she said. "I think it's really the only career I've ever wanted to pursue."
She said Imlay City's focus on community policing fits in perfectly with her personal philosophy of "getting to know" the people she works for.
"I'm very grateful and excited about this opportunity," she said. "As a young officer, I'm thankful to be in a place where I can learn from my fellow officers and to benefit from their knowledge and experience.
"I like getting to
know people, and for
them to know me,"
Imlay City Police Chief Scott Pike said Officer Colin had originally applied for a part-time position in Imlay City.
"After making our decision to go with an additional full-time officer and to combine police and code enforcement in to an assignment for Officer Cory Martin, we discontinued the search for a part-time officer in lieu of a full-time officer."
It was then that Colin reapplied; and this time for a full-time position.
"Her time with Almont proved she is a highly capable police officer who understands the unique features of a small town police department," said Pike. "She also reflects our community policing concept. She will be a superb addition to our family and to our community."
Officer Colin is the second woman to have served on the Imlay City Police Department. The first was Maureen McMillan, who was a member of the department more than 25 years ago.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.