By Pat Maurer
Clare City Clerk Diane Lyon confirmed at press time Thursday that Clare Police Sgt. Brian Gregory has been named Clare’s new Police Chief, replacing Dwayne Miedzianowski.
“Midge” is leaving to become the new Clare County Undersheriff, beginning there January 7. His official last day with the Clare Police is Sunday.
Lyon said Gregory was one of five current members of the Police Department who interviewed for the Chief’s postion.
Gregory has been a full-time officer with the department since January of 2009 and was a part-time officer since July 2007.
I am really looking forward to being Clare’s new Chief,” he said. “I know we have some challenges to face but we are keeping a positive outlook for the future.”
He added, “I am not planning on making any changes right away, although we are a little short-staffed right now with one officer on sick leave and my night shift opening up.”
“The Chief’s job is not just an administrative one,” he added, “I will be handling road shifts during the daytime now.”
Road patrol can be pretty interesting he said. New Year’s Eve certainly was when he received a call around 2:30 a.m. of a vehicle headed east bound in the west bound lane of U.S. 10. “I headed for north bound U.S. 127 and had just got on the freeway when the “suspect” came on the north bound lane also — heading south! We nearly me head on by the Clare Welcome Center,” he said. After clearing traffic on the freeway and turning around, he said it took about two miles to stop the “wrong way” driver. “He was arrested for ‘suspicion of drunk driving’,” Gregory said.
He is the owner of Northern Michigan Canine, a police dog training school that has clients all over the United States. He has been involved in law enforcement since 1985, working with the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Department for 11 years and also woking on the Chesaning and Corunna Police Departments before coming to Clare in 1999.
Gregory was also a candidate for Clare County Sheriff in 2008, losing to John Wilson.
He will take over as Clare Police Chief at midnight January 7, Lyon said.