CAPAC — A retired Michigan State Police officer has been named the village's interim police chief.
Don Tillery, 44, was sworn into office on Monday at the village offices.
Tillery, who currently works part-time with the Almont Police Department, was recommended for the post after an interview with the council's police committee.
"I'm here to help, not take Ray's job," Tillery said on Monday, referring to Chief Raymond Hawks who remains hospitalized in serious condition after being shot on April 16 while on duty. "I'll hand in my resignation the day he comes back to work."
As of Monday, Tillery and Manager Dennis Collison were ironing out the details of his temporary contract but it's expected he'll work out of the Capac department about three days a week.
Tillery spent 18 years with the Michigan State Police at various posts across the state including Lapeer before retiring. His most recent assignment was with the emergency management division.
He and wife, Lisa reside in Lapeer with their children, David and Lauren.
As of Tuesday, hospital officials confirmed that Hawks remained on a ventilator hooked up to a trach tube in a medically induced coma. Details regarding Hawks' condition were expected to be discussed at a community meeting at Capac High School regarding the events of April 16.
Visit our Web site www.tricitytimes-online.com for a synopsis of Tuesday evening's meeting. Pick up the May 7 print edition for complete details. For related stories on the shooting incident, see page 3-A.