Big changes are coming to the leadership of public safety departments in a mid-Michigan township.
And one of those changes means there will be a change in the city of Saginaw, as its fire chief has announced he is leaving.
“Saginaw Township, the residents have been so supportive of both our police and fire departments,” says Saginaw Township Manager James Wickman.
He believes that support will continue as the two long-time leaders of the fire and police departments are retiring. First up, Jim Peterson will be retiring as Saginaw Township Fire Chief in May. He’s held the job for more than 15 years. The township didn’t look far for his replacement, choosing Saginaw Fire Chief Chris Van Loo to become the next chief, who will start next month.
“Chris was a strong choice right here in our own backyard, he’s been in the fire service, 30 years in just the city alone,” says Wickman.