2018-02-08 / News

Police chief resigns, offers no explanation

BY LANIA ROCHA
810-452-2652 * lrocha@mihomepaper.com

CLAYTON TOWNSHIP – Police Chief William Tucker shocked members of the township Board of Trustees when he submitted his resignation just days after the board approved a new contract that would have kept him at the helm of the agency for two more years.

Tucker, a Clayton Township resident, offered no reason for his departure, which was effective Jan. 31, according to township Supervisor Chris Gehringer.

“If you’re wondering what the problems were, I can’t answer that,” said Gehringer. “He said he wished to move on. He said he’d rather not comment on a reason.”

Sgt. Charlotte Brown will serve as interim chief while the board selects Tucker’s permanent replacement.

At a special meeting Monday, the board voted not to accept Tucker’s resignation.

“I know it doesn’t make a difference,” said township Clerk Dennis Milem. “This is another show of support.”

Gehringer said Tucker received high marks during his annual review.

“He met all of our expectations plus,” Gehringer said. “He has our full faith and appreciation for a job well done.”

He said he hoped Tucker would reconsider.

“If Bill Tucker walked in this door and said he wanted to stay, we’d accept him,” Gehringer said.

Tucker served as interim chief from April 15 to Aug. 11 when the board selected him from five finalists in the running to replace former chief Scott Pavlik.

He began his law enforcement career in 1994 when he was hired as a corrections officer for the Genesee County Sheriff Department, according to Swartz Creek View records.

While at the Sheriff Department, Tucker achieved the rank of detective sergeant, working mainly with the narcotics team. He also worked as an officer with the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, records show. He worked as a school liaison in the Clio Area Schools and served with the Flint Area Narcotics Group.

Tucker retired from the Sheriff Department in 2014, after which he worked part-time as a patrol officer for the Clayton Township and Flushing police departments.

He received professional excellence awards in 2005 and 2009, a meritorious service award in 2008, an award for valor in 2006 and a unit citation for investigative work that led to the arrest and prosecution of suspects in a 2015 burglary at Clayton Market, as well as break-ins in Caro, and the recovery of more than $20,000 worth of stolen property.

Tucker has a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Northern Michigan University.

The township board unanimously ratified Tucker’s contract Jan. 11. On Jan. 16, he submitted a letter stating his intent to resign, Gehringer said.

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