Village council offers chief job to Furman.

December 13, 2017

Ryan Furman
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Village council offers chief job to Furman.


By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

SHELBY — The Shelby Village Council voted unanimously Monday evening, Dec. 11, to offer the police chief position to part-time Shelby officer, Ryan Furman, who presently is a full-time officer for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Department of Public Safety in Manistee, said Village Administrator Chelsea Stratil.

If Furman accepts, he will be paid an annual salary of $45,000, Stratil said. He would begin duties as the new chief two weeks after his acceptance.

The police chief position has been vacant since Terry Tenbrink retired last October after 43 1/2 years on the force. Retired Oceana County Sheriff Robert Farber stepped in as interim chief until a permanent replacement could be found.

The village and Furman are presently ironing out vacation time details, Stratil said

Last week, the village offered the job to Kurt Etter, who retired from the Albion Department of Public Safety. Etter, who served as sergeant and detective for the Albion police, countered with an offer seeking higher pay and more vacation time. The council’s personnel committee withdrew its recommendation to hire Etter, Stratil said.

Emilio Trejo, a retired City of Muskegon officer, was the third candidate interviewed for the position, the village administrator said.

“They were all amazing candidates,” she said. “They all brought something different to the table.”

Furman has worked as a part-time Shelby officer “off and on” over the last 20 years, Stratil said. He was hired by the tribal police in 2010, Stratil said, and he has criminal justice degree from West Shore Community College.

Farber and current Sheriff Craig Mast were on the hiring panel, she said.

“We’re very excited,” Stratil said of Furman’s hiring.

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