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New job for Chief

Don Tillery is named chief in Marine City

Don Tillery
October 01, 2008
CAPAC — Interim Police Chief Don Tillery is taking on a new challenge today as the Chief of Police in Marine City.

The 44-year-old longtime law enforcement professional left his post in Capac Tuesday—though his impact on the department won't soon be forgotten, says village president Mark Klug.

"It was great working with him," he says. "He brought a lot of good things to the department. He's a great guy and I wish we could keep him."

Under Tillery's reign, the department saw upgrades in its computer and scheduling systems, a new police cruiser added to the fleet and word that they'll receive a thermal imaging scope for search and rescue via a Homeland Security grant Tillery recently wrote.

Prior to the computer upgrades, officers didn't have a dedicated computer—they had to share with the department's secretary. Along with upgrading the secretary's computer, there's a computer specifically for the officers' use and a new server has been added.

In addition, Tillery He established a 'police blotter' to transmit information and open lines of communication with interested local news media.

Tillery says he'll miss taking care of business and departmental needs as Capac's Police Chief, adding that he'll miss the rapport he built with the department's two full time and five part-time officers.

"I enjoyed my time in Capac. It was both challenging and rewarding," Tillery says. "I found the board to be fair and gracious with me and village management was respectful and gracious and allowed me to do the job properly without interference."

Village officials offered Tillery a six month contract, which he accepted in late April, to serve as interim chief following the April 16 shooting of Chief Raymond Hawks.

Hawks, in a recent letter to the editor published in the Times, stated he was uncertain if he would return to his post. He continues to recover at his Mussey Twp. home. Until his job status is officially determined, the police chief job will remain 'interim,' village officials say. Hawks contract expires in April, 2010.

Discussions regarding a replacement for Tillery are underway, Klug says, via the police committee.

"I expect they'll present their recommendation to the next full council meeting," he says.

Marine City has a population of more than 4,600 and shares an international border crossing with Canada. The city boasts a regular car and passenger ferry service to Sombra, Ontario.

In addition to the chief, there are currently five full time officers on the Marine City Police Department.

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