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Shelby Names Interim Police Chief

Captain Roland Woelkers will serve as the Acting Captain Chief of the Shelby Township Police Department for now.

Captain Roland Woelkers will serve as the Acting Chief of the Shelby Township Police Department until the permanent position is filled.

Chief Robert Leman, who has been the chief for 10 years, was put on administrative leave until his contract expires on Oct. 1, according to Supervisor Richard Stathakis.

On Tuesday evening, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees .

“This was not about removing anyone. It was simply a decision about whether or not to renew his contract. We as a board simply decided to not to renew his contract,” said Stathakis.

Immediately Wednesday morning, Stathakis designated Woelkers as the Captain Acting Chief of the department.

During a public meeting Sept. 23 at the Township Municipal Halls, Stathakis will meet with the Police and Fire Civil Service Commission to formalize the designation.

Woelkers, who has been with the Shelby Township Police Department for 23 years and worked his way up the ranks from a patrolman to a Dare Officer to Captain, has stepped in twice in the past year as acting chief when Leman was out for health-related issues.

“The department was well run. Things are going fine and we’re going to continue that,” said Woelkers.

Woelkers said he did not want to comment on the direction he would take the department until the dust settles from Tuesday’ night’s decision, but he did say the police department will miss Chief Leman.

“As a department, and officers in the department, we are sad to see him (Leman) go. He was well-respected and well-liked in the department, and a man of good character and a strong set of ethics,” said Woelkers.

As for the permanent position, Stathakis said the board will first look internally to fill the chief’s position.

“We have interested candidates and I would be one of them,” said Woelkers.

John Brogowicz September 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM
The Shelby Township Board of Trustees reached a new low last night when they failed to re-new Police Chief Robert Leman's employment contract. Chief Leman was a man of honor who ran a very good and well respected Police Department. I hope the citizens of Shelby Township will remember this meritless dismissal in the election of 2012
Matt Guarnieri September 22, 2011 at 12:34 AM
Maybe the Shelby Township Board of Trustees is privy to information not readily available to the average citizen or information they can not disclose and are actually looking out for the best interest of the taxpayers of Shelby Township.
Thomas Delise September 22, 2011 at 01:43 AM
Matt key word: maybe ( maybe not ).
ShelbyReader September 22, 2011 at 10:35 AM
The proof that Stathakis, Viar, Flynn, Filar, and Wozniak are ashamed of their action dismissing the Chief is that the video of the September 20 meeting has gone missing. On the township’s website you can view meetings going back to October 2009 but not Tuesday’s meeting. Even if the voters can’t see firsthand what happened Tuesday night, I am sure they will figure out that the Chief was removed because he was unwilling to be a Stathakis-Viar toady. I hope the Board members vote to remove the Chief in order to intimidate the Police Department does for their political careers what the Justice Center did for their predecessors.
disgusted September 22, 2011 at 11:04 AM
The Chief was removed because he was ineffective. He cost the township alot of money because he let bad cops run amok. It cost the township thousands on lawsuit payouts. He gave Shelby Township a bad name when it comes to police. He did not have the apptitude for the job.
Matt Guarnieri September 22, 2011 at 11:10 AM
Hmmm.... the video is missing..... Robert Leman seems like a nice and honest guy, it's just that he had no backbone for management and discipline. The union spanked him every time he tried to enforce discipline on is men so the officers became judge and punisher for whoever they didn't like. I believe the average citizen would be shocked at the police actions mentioned in court papers from the last 5 plus years.... the violence just keeps escalating and who should we blame? the leader? Leman will retire, no real municipality would hire him for what we paid him.
disgusted September 22, 2011 at 12:14 PM
Well spoken Matt. Wish you could list the names of the bad cops who are still working there. People should know who to watch out for and keep away from as there are some really BAD, immoral cops still working there. A leopard does not change his spots. A scorpian continues to sting because he is a scorpian. Shelby Twp needs to get rid of the remaining scorpians.
shelby resident September 22, 2011 at 02:41 PM
@disgusted: The remaining scorpians are STATHAKSIS, VIAR, FLYNN, FILAR- the 4 musketeers who take bribes and then fire those who question them. Leman will land on his feet and the next city that hires him will be better off for their choice. Shame on Shelby Township's board.
disgusted September 22, 2011 at 02:58 PM
@shelby resident. At this point, I do not know who the "real"scorpians are. Maybe they all are? Maybe you are not aware of some of the things that Leman did or did not do. Maybe if you were privey (sp?) to certain information, you might think otherwise of Leman, I wonder about Stathaksis and Viar. Maybe they all have selffish interests. It is very embarrassing to watch all their behavior on TV. I believe that even if people disagree, they conduct should remain professional at all times as they represent our government and their behavior should be a good example to the public.
Terri Kowal September 22, 2011 at 04:42 PM
The streaming video is back on line. It was a problem with the encoder.
ShelbyReader September 22, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Before the Chief signs up for another law enforcement job, why doesn’t he consider running for Shelby Township Supervisor? In addition to the Chief, maybe we could persuade some of the Shelby Township volunteers who have been kicked off the Township committees to run for some of the other Board positions. Brett Freeman, recently of the Sidewalk committee and who has more financial expertise than Paul Viar, would be suitable for Treasurer. Additionally, there are former members of the Planning Commission, the Sidewalk Committee, etc who would make good Trustees and if successful, we could say goodbye to Flynn, Filar, and Wozniak.
Matt Guarnieri September 22, 2011 at 08:45 PM
Yes, you're right, Leman can't get a job being chief anywhere else, the police union considers him the butt of their jokes because he is so easily walked over, the towing company got to run the police impound and pocket the profits under Leman, Manzella can get away with drinking and driving all over the township with Leman in charge. It makes perfect sense for him to run for the job..... If your a crooked cop, a crooked towing company or an alcoholic. I wonder which one ShelbyReader is...... wait.... I think I know, guess you can't hide behind an alias forever.
Truthful Enquirer September 28, 2011 at 03:51 AM
Maybe it wasn't up on the web site yet but I just watched it again (Tuesday, September 27 and I know it was on last Saturday also. I would expect a retraction of your statement intimating that the five board members had in someway removed the video in some dastardly way.

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