It is with heavy hearts that we share this sad news.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Clinton Township Police Chief Fred Posavetz has died at the age of 64 from complications due to COVID-19.
Township employees were shocked and saddened on Monday to learn of the passing of their beloved co-worker, a long-time police officer and public servant of the Township.
Fred Posavetz began his career with the Clinton Township police department nearly 41 years ago, in April 1980. He was promoted to sergeant in March 1991 and in July 1996 became Captain of the Road Patrol, Special Investigations Division, Criminal Investigations Division, and Support Services. In April 2007, he was promoted to serve as Police Chief.
Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon said Posavetz was exactly what you would want in a police chief – an effective, dedicated, compassionate, and non-judgmental leader.
“As Chief, Fred was always proud to promote and swear-in new police officers,” said Cannon. “At these events, he emphasized the positive qualities of each officer, then he acknowledged and thanked the families for attending and for what would be their child’s next 25-years of service to the community.”
Cannon said that family and community were Posavetz’s top priorities.
“Fred lived and loved the life he chose, and he was very proud that his sons followed his footsteps into law enforcement.”
In 2019, both Ryan and Eric Posavetz became Clinton Township police officers. According to a Macomb Daily article, Posavetz never pushed his sons into police work, saying they made their choice, and he supported it. He said it wasn’t his prerogative to tell them what to do with their lives.
Cannon went on to say that nothing seemed to distract or discourage him.
“It was Fred’s idea to have a K-9 unit within the Township. He was our first K-9 officer training Cos and Nondo, two German Shepard police dogs,” he said.
Posavetz was a graduate of the FBI National Academy and a member of the FBI National Academy Associates training curriculum for the Michigan Chapter. He served as President of the Macomb County Chiefs Association and was a founding member of the Clinton Township Police Department Honor Guard. He was selected as Grand Marshal of the 16th Annual Gratiot Cruise in 2018.
The Fraser-Clinton Township Chronicle reported in 2014 that after the Township’s Board of Trustees extended his contract, Posavetz was excited about achieving his goal to get staffing levels back to pre-recession levels and was grateful to residents for approving millages to that end.
Fast forward four years to another contract extension – one that would have taken Posavetz to retirement this June, after which Posavetz said he still enjoyed working with a very dedicated group of police officers and opted to “stick around” to contribute in a positive manner.
Cannon credits Posavetz for the elevated state of policing in Clinton Township by carefully hiring officers based on temperament, demeanor, and professionalism. In his recent State of the Township address, Cannon mentioned that today officers often volunteer at special events and help individuals down on their luck.
“Fred understood what was important and how to prioritize,” said Cannon. “He was able to separate those things of little consequence. He had the heart of a lion, strong and courageous. We will miss him immensely, are appreciative of his lifelong dedication to the residents of Clinton Township, and extend our sincere condolences to his family.”
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CLINTON TOWNSHIP – The Clinton Township Civic Center’s leadership team continues to change with the retirement and replacement of department heads.
At the Township Board of Trustees meeting on December 21, 2020, Tami Letcavage was approved as the Clinton Township’s Recreation Department’s new assistant director. She replaces Brian Kay, who was promoted to the director a year ago.
“Tami has been a tremendous asset to our team over the past six years that I have been an administrator for the Recreation Department,” said Kay. “Her leadership and professionalism will be an instrumental part of our success for the exciting new recreational amenities that the township will be offering in the upcoming years,” he said.
Kay added that the Parks and Recreation Department is fortunate to promote from within as it continues to add to the legacy established by former recreation directors Linda Walter and Frank Pizzo.
Letcavage began her career with Clinton Township in 2012 as a recreation programmer. After five years, she was promoted to recreation coordinator.
“I love being a part of this team and the Clinton Township community,” she said. “I am excited to continue the many great traditions and expand on the programming that we provide.”
Letcavage attended Central Michigan University’s Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Administration program. She is a nationally Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP), a Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA), and a certified American Red Cross Instructor.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Jessica Leija, CPA, has been promoted to assistant director of finance for Clinton Township.
Leija has worked as an accountant for the Township’s Budget and Finance Department for more than eight years. She replaces Mary Hein, who became finance director in June 2020.
“Mrs. Leija has played an integral role on our team since 2012,” said Hein. “During that time, she has demonstrated her knowledge of all aspects of the department by assisting with the annual audit, preparation of the budget, grant administration, and other daily responsibilities,” she said.
“In my new position as assistant director, I look forward to new challenges and continuing to add value to the Budget and Finance Department,” said Leija.
Leija, a Chippewa Valley High School graduate, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Oakland University.
Before coming to the Township, she spent more than ten years with UHY, LLP, in Sterling Heights.
ROCHESTER HILLS, MICH. – The Clinton River Watershed Council is now accepting submissions for its 23rd Annual River Day Logo design contest. The contest encourages local artists to get involved in the promotion of River Day, which will be held Saturday, June 12. The event coincides with Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend and Great Lakes and Fresh Water Week. Outdoor events will occur throughout the month of June, including river paddles, fishing derbies, fly-tying lessons, clean up events, native plant sales, and other recreational opportunities. Events for 2021 will be modified to ensure social distancing is observed and all CDC guidelines are implemented.
The Logo Design Contest
The winning River Day 2021 logo design will be used on official River Day shirts and the event guide. The artist’s picture and statement will be hosted on the River Day event page on the CRWC website. The winner of the River Day Logo design contest will receive an official River Day shirt with their design and a one-year membership to the watershed council.
Entries will be judged on their ability to convey River Day's goal of celebration and enjoyment of the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair, as well as their clarity and ability to be reproduced easily at a variety of scales. Judging and selection of the winning design will be completed in April, 2021. The winning design will be announced shortly thereafter.
For more information, contact Kathleen Sexton at 248-601-0606 or email@example.com.
About River Day
River Day celebrates the leadership of local citizens, organizations, and communities whose efforts are critical to protecting and enhancing the water quality of the Clinton River Watershed. Events locations range from the uppermost parts of the watershed in Oakland County’s Springfield Township where the branches of southeast Michigan’s most populous river system begin; all the way to the mouth of the river in Macomb County’s Harrison Township where the Clinton River meets Lake St. Clair.