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Warren P.D. detective picked as Imlay chief


"I was so excited to come here that I hand- delivered my resume." --John Stano, new police chief



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John Stano, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, is ready to take the helm of the Imlay City Police Department. Chief Arlan Winslow retires today. photo by Tom Wearing.
February 27, 2008
IMLAY CITY — City Manager Amy Planck reached out of the local area Friday to snare an individual she believes will be an outstanding police chief.

Planck named John Stano, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, to succeed police Chief Arlan Winslow who retires on Feb. 27.

Currently an executive lieutenant on the Warren Police Department, Stano was among three finalists for the position that included longtime Imlay City police Officer Roger Czap and Deputy Chief James Mynsberge of the Auburn Hills Police Department. A total of 28 individuals applied for the position.

Stano, 45, began his career as a police cadet at the age of 19. After rising steadily through the ranks, he gravitated toward investigative police work. He is most recently a member of the Warren Police Department's detective bureau. His resume also includes having graduated from the FBI Academy in 2006.

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Planck said Stano, who paid a visit to the city offices on Monday, will assume his duties with the Imlay City department on March 3.

"I think he is a good fit for our community," Planck said. "I'm looking forward to working with him."

Planck, who was assisted in the search process by a committee consisting of Lapeer County Prosecutor Byron Konschuh, 911 Director Vic Martin and Winslow, said Stano's positivity should benefit the department and the community.

"I was impressed with his experience, energy and enthusiasm," she said. "Those things stood out as a candidate."

Stano said Monday that the opening in Imlay City provided him with an ideal opportunity and is consistent with his plans.

"I was eligible for retirement from the Warren department and I was looking for a new challenge," said Stano. "I jumped at the chance. I was so excited to come here that I hand-delivered my resume."

While Stano currently resides in Shelby Twp., he said he and his wife would consider relocating, presuming he can sell his current home.

"My wife and I have been to the Blueberry Festival in the past, and we love the community and the quaint atmosphere," said Stano. "We would consider moving to the vicinity."

When asked about his strengths as a police officer, Stano noted his "strong management style" and "leadership abilities."

Stano has been married to his wife, MaryBeth, for seven years. He has two adult children, ages 25 and 21, from a previous marriage.

Winslow steps down this week after having served 36 years as a police officer, the past 14 years as chief.

Community members are invited to attend a retirement party for Winslow, scheduled today (Wed., Feb. 27), from 2-4 p.m. at the Imlay City Hall.

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