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Police chief: Insider leaked info about expired certification

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

People in Flint are asking questions after learning Flint's new police chief is not a certified police officer.

Flint Police Chief Tim Johnson hasn't had his state certification since he retired from the department more than five years ago.

Johnson feels disrespected over the disclosure of the news that he was not certified to be a police officer, although he is the top cop in the Vehicle City.

Johnson, who took over the reigns as Flint's crime stopping boss on Feb. 29, said safety was his top priority, not getting certified.

"We all know that the crime rate is extremely high and I was working on those stats to bring that crime down in the city and I felt like after this summer was over with, I felt like I would go back and get, take the one day class or two day class to be re-certified in this field," Johnson said.

He retired in 2009 and allowed his police officer certification to expire. Johnson said he didn't feel the need to get re-certified before agreeing to be chief of police.

"As an administrator I don't have to be a certified police officer. I have 30 something years in the police field as a certified police officer, as an administrator I don't need that," Johnson said.

However, Johnson has every intention of getting the proper documents to reassure Flint residents that he is legitimate.

"I'm gonna take the classes at Kirtland and it's gonna be July 15. I [was] trying to wait til September after the summer months, but I had my training officer move it up to July 15," Johnson said.

Johnson said the information was leaked from someone inside the department.

"I believe I know exactly who done it too and I will deal with that at a later time. It did annoy me. It was hurtful," Johnson said.

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