PONTIAC, Mich. -

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard and Pontiac Emergency Manager Michael Stampfler announced Thursday in a news release that sheriff's Capt. Tim Atkins has been appointed sheriff's station commander for the city of Pontiac.

Atkins currently serves as the Sheriff's Office captain in charge of the sheriff's emergency response and preparedness division. He oversees operations of the Homeland Security activities, the communications unit, training unit and SWAT team.

Bouchard and Stampfler said the Oakland County Sheriff's Department has not assumed all law enforcement responsibilities within Pontiac but that contracts have been signed and the transition to sheriff's patrols will take place Aug. 1.

?After conferring with Emergency Manager Stampfler and reviewing the credentials of several excellent candidates, we agreed that Captain Tim Atkins has the experience, leadership and training that make him an excellent choice to serve as station commander for the city of Pontiac,? said Bouchard in the release.

Stampfler said Atkins is an excellent choice for the position.

As station commander, Atkins "will carry out the mission of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office by protecting the safety of the citizens and businesses within the City of Pontiac," the news release said.

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