Five new Farmington Hills Police officers – Jason Erickson, David Geffert, Derek Sturdevan, Matthew Theisen, and Mark Umerlik – were sworn in by City Clerk Pam Smith during a ceremony held at City Hall on Oct. 10.
In a press release, the department also announced hiring a dispatcher, Jennifer Jordan. Police Chief Chuck Nebus noted the department is filling positions left open by retirements.
“The recent hirings do not increase the size of the department, but signify the end of staffing and service reductions,” Police Chief Chuck Nebus said.
Farmington Hills residents in 2011 approved 1.7 millsdedicated to funding public safety, which officials said would help maintain service levels in both the fire and police departments.
The release noted the new staffers bring with them extensive training, awards and experience, and come from a variety of backgrounds:
- Officer Erickson worked for six months as a seasonal officer for the City of South Haven
- Officer Geffert has 23 years of experience with the Warren Police Department
- Officer Sturdevan worked for four years as a part-time officer for the City of Richmond
- Officer Theisen worked for seven years as an officer at Wayne State University
- Officer Umerlik worked for two years with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department
- Jordan previously worked as a dispatcher for the City of Farmington and the City of Northville.