July 29, 2020, Canton, MI – Last night, the Canton Board of Trustees approved the reclassification of two Deputy Director positions as a means of restructuring of the Public Safety Department following the retirement of the former Public Safety Director earlier this year. Chadwick Baugh is now the Director of Police Services – Police Chief, and Christopher Stoecklein is now the Director of Fire Services – Fire Chief.
Director Baugh will oversee all operations of the Police Department. Baugh started his career with Canton in 1996, and has been in a leadership role with the department for the past 12 years. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University’s Police Staff & Command School; he also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Madonna University, and a Master’s Degree in Technology from Eastern Michigan University.
Director Stoecklein will oversee all operations of the Fire Department. Stoecklein started his career with Canton in 1996, and has been in a leadership role with the department for the past seven years. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University’s Fire Staff & Command School, and has a Bachelor’s Degree Public Safety Administration from Sienna Heights University.
Over the past several months, the Township’s Leadership Team has been reviewing and evaluating the operations of the Public Safety Department and its need for a Director position to oversee both Police and Fire. The Leadership Team, Merit Commission, and Township Board have agreed the Township can be better served at this time by the reclassification of these two positions.
“We realize this is a major change in the structure of the Public Safety Department, dating back to 1987 when the first Director position was created to oversee both the Police and Fire Departments,” said Township Supervisor Pat Williams.
“The former organizational structure has served the community well, but these past few months have provided insight and opportunity to take the department in a new, fiscally-responsible direction, with zero impact on the exceptional police and fire services the community is accustomed to receiving,” Williams added.
Funds for the salaries of these reclassifications will be redirected in the budget from the vacated Director of Public Safety position.