Saginaw officer becomes new police chief of Buena Vista Twp. - WNEM TV 5

Saginaw officer becomes new police chief of Buena Vista Twp.

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Buena Vista Township voted on Friday to offer the open police chief position to Saginaw Police Sgt. Reggie Williams.

The motion was passed in a 4-1 vote.

Williams accepted the offer that same day.

"I'm going to do my best, my very best and I always have. I think they will be proud. I think they will be very proud," Williams said.

The township was without a police chief after interviewing six different candidates for the position.

A consulting firm, Michigan Municipal League, was hired to help find the new chief.

The firm selected five candidates to be interviewed for the position, and the Buena Vista Township board chose a sixth.

While the executive committee recommended former chief Brian Booker for the job, the township board rejected that in a Wednesday night vote of 4-3.

"There's definitely something wrong because I'm not the chief of Buena Vista and I was the number one point getter. And I have a good rapport with everyone," Booker said.

Booker was fired from the job in 2012 and won a wrongful termination lawsuit against the township.

Williams was the committee's second choice for the job.

Residents who attended Friday's special meeting were also upset. They said the meeting came out of the blue.

When the township board met on Wednesday there was no mention of the special meeting. The township supervisor, Chris Dillard, was out of town for Friday's meeting.

"It's not over. It's just beginning because we'll be looking at some lawsuits," said Francis Hayes, former township supervisor.

Treasurer Desmond Bibbs' name is on the note calling for the meeting. He said the board just wanted to make a decision quickly.

"It was no slight to make sure nobody intentionally couldn't make it," Bibbs said.

Booker said he is at a loss on why he didn't get the job.

Williams said he hopes to start his new position in October.

The controversy appears to be far from over with some questions on whether or not Friday's special meeting was even legal.

Under state law, special meetings have to be posted at least 18 hours ahead of time. It isn't enough to just publicize the meeting on a notice outside of the township hall, but the law states the notice needs to be included on either the home page of their website or on a page with a prominent link to that home page.

TV5 could not find a posting for the meeting on the township's website of Facebook page.

TV5 will continue to follow this story.

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