Orchard Lake officials introduced and swore in a new police chief, Joe George, at the City Council’s Monday, April 18 meeting.
The city’s governing body conducted eight back-to-back police chief candidate interviews at special meetings held last week. The council came to a consensus at the conclusion of the Tuesday, April 12 meeting and authorized Mayor Bruce McIntyre and the personnel committee to negotiate and execute a contract.
George will take over Police Chief Fred Rosenau’s position on Sunday, May 1, since Rosenau has decided to retire effective Saturday, April 30.
George amassed 27 years with the Southfield Police Department and another 13 and a half years as chief of police for Wolverine Lake.
“I am truly looking forward to this,” George said. “The competition was stiff, but my experience helped out. I’m just glad for the opportunity to do this.”
George will earn $70,000 annually and another $9,000 in lieu of heath insurance benefit contributions from the city. He will have the same benefit package as other municipal employees including dental and vision coverage, and will be permitted to participate in the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (MERS) defined contribution pension plan.
“This was a very exhaustive search process, and there were many good candidates,” McIntyre said. “(George was) highly regarded by all those involved in the search. I’m very happy with the selection.”
Rosenau’s service dates back 32 years. He began with the Police Department as a police officer, was promoted to sergeant and then to detective sergeant. before being appointed chief six years ago.