Morenci a police chief 20014.06.11

Michael Creswell didn’t get much retirement time in before starting a new career. The veteran law enforcement officer retired in March as captain of the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department, but he is now wearing the badge of the Morenci Police Department as the City’s new part-time police chief.

Creswell said he looks forward to the new challenge and getting to know Morenci and its residents.

Creswell will work 28 hours a week in his new job, but he hasn’t yet decided how he will split those hours over the week. He will be paid at a rate of $32,000 a year for the first 90 days, and that amount will be increased to $35,000 following a probationary period.

Creswell was one of three finalists for the position. Richard Bingham and Robert Zeleniewski were also interviewed.

Don Thompson, who served as the person-in-charge of the department in the absence of a chief, will return to the position of patrol officer at a pay rate of $21.60 an hour.

Council member Brenda Spiess thanked Thompson for stepping up and taking the supervisory role until a chief was hired.

During his final report, Thompson told council there was a situation with people using “bath salts” designer drugs recently.

“We still have our heroin problem,” he added.