Macomb Welcomes New Lieutenant in Charge of Sheriff's Services

With the retirement of Lt. Gary Paolella, Lt. David Kennedy will become Macomb Township's liaison to the sheriff's office–essentially the township's police chief.

There's a new lieutenant in town.

After seven years as Macomb Township's liaison to the Macomb County Sheriff's Office, Lt. Gary Paolella is retiring and passing control of township law enforcement to Lt. David Kennedy.

"When he came forward and told me he was retiring, I was a little shocked," said Supervisor Mark Grabow. "I thought Gary would be here long after I was. He's going to be sadly missed by this board."

The board recognized Paolella's seven years of service to the township with a special award Wednesday night.

Paolella, who has served a total of 32 years with the sheriff's office, said of his time in Macomb Township, he will miss "the people" the most.

"It's been a great ride, a great adventure," he said. "We have a dedicated and educated staff in place at the who are passionate about their jobs and compassionate about their fellow man. Lt. Kennedy has an excellent staff in place." 

Kennedy, who has 21 years with the sheriff's office, said he is honored to take Paolella's place in protecting Macomb Township's residents.

"I look forward to continuing a good relationship with the township and providing the best law enforcement services possible," he said.

As liaison officer, Kennedy essentially performs the duties of police chief, as Macomb does not have a police department, but rather contracts with the sheriff's office for its law enforcement services.

"We're proud to have them as part of our service team, from deputies to sergeants, lieutenants and captains, all the way up to working with the sheriff, each and every one of these individuals becomes part of our family here in Macomb Township," Grabow said. 

Jenny Whalen (Editor) December 15, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Are you happy with the sheriff's service, or would you rather Macomb have its own police department?
lmk December 15, 2011 at 09:43 PM
We're pleased that Sheriff Wickersham has installed his Top Lieutenant in charge of Law Enforcement in our Township and we're confident that Lt.Kennedy will do an exceptional job.
David S. Fuhrman August 27, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Dear Gary, It was a pleasure ot meet your wife Sue and yourself, on my tour. this is a small world. I E-mailed my sister with your # . I have been asked several times to write a book about New York and the people, I did business with for several years. That will never happen. I never talked to these business people about thier private lives. I always talked to them about fishing and hunting. I only wanted to make the $ on the sale of a class 8 truck. I hope the rest. made you enjoy your trip to NYC. David S Fuhrman
David S. Fuhrman August 27, 2012 at 08:40 PM
On 911 I with my friend Captian John Ward of the 90 Precint. My Rental Mananger asked me for my digital camera, he said a plane just hit the North Tower. Captain Ward I always had coffee together @ 0800. It has been 11 years. I lost my best hunting and fishing buddy 14 months ago Bill O'Neil to 911 cancer. He went to Ground Zero when the first plane hit. He left behind 14 and 15 year old girls. I had 5 drivers from Duane Reade in the basement, that I released trucks to, @ 0500. I am leaving the greatest city in the world. The fishing off of long Island is great. the Fly Fishing in the Catskills in the best. The Turkey hunting I will miss. Your new friend. David S. Fuhrman


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