CANTON, Mich. -
Lieutenant Todd Mutchler was selected to fill the position following the retirement of Patrick Nemecek at the end of December.
Mutchler has risen through the ranks in the police department since he started as a patrol officer in 1988.
He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a master's degree in interdisciplinary technology, both from Eastern Michigan University.
He is also a graduate of EMU's Police Staff and Command School.
Throughout his career, Mutchler has been active in the department, working several special assignments including the Detective Bureau Supervisor and member of the Western-Wayne Special Operations Team.
He has also initiated and participated on numerous committees, most notably assembling Canton's Response to Hate Crimes Coalition, an effort of non-traditional partners working together to respond to and prevent hate crimes in the city.
As Director, Mutchler will be responsible for planning, administering and continually developing the Public Safety Department.
He will be assisted by his command staff consisting of Deputy Police Chief Robert Kerr, and the newly promoted Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief, Joshua Meier and Gregory Sprys-Tellner.