SAUK VILLAGE | Tim Holevis has a message for would-be law breakers in Sauk Village.
"Tell the criminals they'd better start walking because Sauk Village isn't where you want to be," Holevis said.
The Sauk Village Board ratified a Sept. 16 vote to make Holevis the full-time police chief in Sauk Village by a 5-0 vote with Trustee Lynda Washington abstaining. He was sworn in Tuesday by Clerk Debbie Williams.
Holevis has been with Sauk Village police for 28 years, working in undercover narcotics, as chief of detectives and as interim chief for 18 months, a position he was first appointed to in 2010. He's been deputy chief since Nov. 1.
Several trustees, residents and committee members congratulated Holevis and expressed confidence in his abilities. Trustee Rosie Williams presented him with a sign that will be displayed above his parking space at the police station.
"It means a lot to know that you have the support of the community. I know some chiefs in the past have had some issues, and I've learned from those issues and will not make the same mistakes," Holevis said. "We're going to continue to strive to keep the people of Sauk Village safe."
The village has been without a police chief since the position was eliminated at the start of the fiscal year on Nov. 1, 2012. Fire Chief Alan Stoffregen has been responsible for running both departments for the past 10 months. The board voted to re-establish the position of police chief at its Sept. 10 meeting and began a search with the Lansing firm REM Management Services.
Trustee Derrick Burgesss questioned the need for REM and asked if Holevis was a permanent hire. Village President David Hanks said REM is already under contract with the village, and he will make a proposal at the next meeting to redirect the firm toward helping the village find a deputy chief.
"Just to be very clear, (Holevis) is being hired as the permanent chief tonight," Hanks said. "That's what the vote is on the board."