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Renye named new chief of township police department

GRAND BLANC TWP. — Bill Renye is the new chief of police in Grand Blanc Township.

Renye, who formerly worked as a lieutenant for the township, took the helm Wednesday. Capt. Matt Bauserman, who is retiring in July, had served as interim chief since Ron Wiles retired in August.

“Bill Renye has a reputation for being a hard-working law enforcement professional with high standards and expectations of those who report to him,” said township Superintendent Dennis Liimatta. “He has the respect of the department and he beat out an incredibly strong field to earn this consideration.”

Renye was one of more than two dozen candidates who responded in a nationwide search conducted by Walsh Municipal Services.

“We had a really amazing turnout,” said Liimatta. “We had 26 or 27 applicants from 10 states, some from quite large departments. We had chiefs with a number of years of experience, a number of captains and lieutenants.”

The recruiter selected the top 12 applicants and township officials narrowed the field to five, Liimatta said. The semi-finalists then underwent an exhaustive interview process. Renye was one of two standouts, Liimatta said.

Renye said he feels great about the promotion.

“I’m hitting the ground running,” he said. “I’m excited to move the police department forward. We had a great, outstanding reputation already, and I’m looking forward to continuing that reputation.”

For the most part, Renye said, he will continue to support the department’s established programs. He does, however, have a few new initiatives in mind, including further developing relationships between the police and youth of the community. He said he hopes to improve “their perception of law enforcement in today’s climate.”

“There won’t be a whole lot of big changes because we do have a well-run police department already,” Renye said.

Renye has worked for Grand Blanc Township for close to 22 years, hiring in as a police officer in May 2001. He was promoted to sergeant in January 2014, and to lieutenant in December 2018.

As a lieutenant, he has overseen the patrol division and, most recently, the detective bureau.

He managed the accreditation process when the agency originally earned accreditation in 2018 and again when it was reaccredited in 2022. He also developed and implemented the cadet program.

His fellow officers voted him Employee of the Year in 2017, and he received the Recognition of Excellence from MADD in 2020.

Renye has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Madonna University and an associate degree in criminal justice from Mott Community College. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice and leadership from Madonna University.

Renye said he enjoys working in Grand Blanc Township primarily because of the people he meets.

“It’s an outstanding community,” he said. “There is a lot of support for our police department. That keeps us motivated to do the ob the right way and for the right reasons.”