Zalewski now second in command at Wyandotte PD

Brian ZalewskiBy TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – Police officer Brian Zalewski recently was promoted to second in command at the Police Department.

He succeeds former Police Inspector Jamie Pouliot, who retired in December. Police Chief Dan Grant said he posted the vacancy Jan. 25 and three people applied. Grant said on Feb. 19, he, City Administrator Todd Drysdale and another area police chief met with the three candidates and selected Zalewski to fill the vacancy.

Zalewski was born in Wyandotte and holds an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. He has more than 24 years working for the department.

“In my opinion he will do an excellent job as second in command of the Police Department,” Grant said.

City Council unanimously approved Zalewski’s promotion at its Feb. 29 meeting.

Under Grant’s direction, Zalewski will be responsible for a multitude of duties, including being in charge in Grant’s absence as well as retaining some regular patrol work and duties authorized by Grant.

In addition, the inspector directly supervises other supervisors and other key line and staff personnel. Upon authorization and in the absence of the police chief, the inspector exercises direction and control over all members of the department.

In his new role, Grant said Zalewski will help with the planning, coordination, supervision and evaluation of the department’s operations, assigning employees to special assignments, responds to major incidents and personally assumes on site command and will do periodic patrol of the city.
Grant said Zalewski will be an asset in his new role.

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