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.”