October 21, 2016, Canton, MI – Following a comprehensive internal assessment process, the Canton Public Safety Department has filled two new Deputy Director positions created as part of the department’s restructuring plan approved in August by the Township Board.
Christopher Stoecklein is promoted to the position of Deputy Director of Fire. Stoecklein began his career with Canton in 1996 as a Public Safety Service Officer, and was promoted to Firefighter one year later. In 2013, he was selected as the department’s Deputy Fire Chief. Stoecklein is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University’s Fire Staff & Command School. As Deputy Fire Chief, he was responsible for overseeing the department’s extensive fire service and paramedic training programs, as well as the department’s Fire Inspection and Prevention Unit. Stoecklein also assisted with preparing the department’s annual budgets and strategic plan.
Chadwick Baugh is promoted to the position of Deputy Director of Police. Baugh began his career with Canton in 1996 as a police officer. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2008 and then to Lieutenant in 2014. Baugh has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Madonna University, and is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University’s Police Staff and Command School. As Lieutenant, he served as platoon commander in the patrol division, overseeing the daily operation of his shift of sergeants, patrol officers and PSSO’s. In addition, he was responsible for providing training, direction and motivation of subordinate personnel.
In their new roles, Stoecklein and Baugh will work under the direction of the Public Safety Director, overseeing the efficient operation of their respective departments. They will be responsible for ensuring their department’s mission, vision and values are carried out through the development of staff, policy, and budget. Both department’s currently employ an unprecedentedly young workforce, providing an opportunity for the Deputy Directors to empower their command staff with the ability to mentor and cultivate these young individuals to reach their maximum potential—creating quality service-oriented employees, while also developing future leaders of the agency.
“I am excited to have Deputy Director Stoecklein and Deputy Director Baugh promoted to my executive leadership team,” said Public Safety Director Joshua Meier. “I am confident they will be instrumental in contributing innovative ideas to the new administration—forging the police and fire departments in a positive, progressive direction for the future,” Meier adds.