Retired sheriff named interim chief.

October 23, 2017

Interim Shelby Police Chief Bob Farber

Retired sheriff named interim chief.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

SHELBY — Robert Farber, who retired as Oceana County Sheriff at the end of 2016, is temporarily back on the beat as Shelby’s interim police chief.

Farber is filling in until a permanent replacement can be found for Terry TenBrink, who just retired as Shelby’s police chief.

“I’m happy to fill in for a short period of time while the village goes through the interview process to find the right fit for Shelby,” Farber said. “I’m happy for Terry, too,” he said of the retired chief who worked for the Shelby Police Department for 43 1/2 years.

A reception in the village hall honoring TenBrink for his decades of service is set for Monday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m. prior to the village council meeting. Residents are encouraged to attend and celebrate TenBrink’s retirement. Farber, whose first day on the job is today (Oct. 23), said he also plans to attend the reception.

“We’re blessed and very, very grateful that he’s willing to step up,” said Village Administrator Chelsea Stratil. “It gives us more time to find the right person.”

The Shelby Village Council voted unanimously to hire Farber as the interim chief during a special meeting, Oct. 16, Stratil said. Farber will be working approximately 24-32 hours per week, she added.

Thirty five of Farber’s 36 years in law enforcement took place at the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office. He worked one year as a part-time officer for the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office, the Hesperia Police Department and the White Cloud PD.

After all those years of wearing a brown sheriff’s uniform, Farber is donning a blue uniform like when he first started his career.

“I started out wearing blue, and now I’m back in blue,” he said.

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