By Pat Maurer
Clare County Sheriff John Wilson announced last Friday that Clare Police Chief Dwayne Miedzianowski will be the new undersheriff in Clare County.
Wilson said “Midge” will be starting sometime in the beginning of January. “I feel he will be a huge asset not only to this department, but to the entire county,” Wilson said. “Dwayne has over 20 years in law enforcement with most of his time in an administrative position. He is a Clare County native and knows the community. I feel that this is an important factor and will help in his duties as undersheriff.”
Miedzianowski has been Police Chief in Clare for about seven years, City Manager Ken Hibl said. “He’s done a phenomenal job for us. He is one of the best cops I’ve had the pleasure of working with in my 45 years of public service,” Hibl said Tuesday. “We are going to miss him here both at the city and in the community, but he will still be close by and we will still have the opportunity to work with him in the future.”
Wilson concluded saying, “I look forward to many years of working side by side with him [Miedzianowski], and together we will do everything possible to make this the best Sheriff’s Department possible.”
Miedzianowski said, “I’m looking forward to the administrative challenges of a larger department. I started my career there and I will not only get to serve our county, but also still serve the great people in the city [of Clare] at the same time.”
Before he came to Clare, Midge was a Lieutenant at the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police from 2003 to 2005; a road sergeant for 1998 to 2003; a road patrol officer from 1996 to 1998; and a probation officer for the tribal police from 1994 to 1996.
He has worked for the City Police twice in his career and this will be the second time he is employed by the Clare County Sheriff’s Department.
He worked for the Clare Police Department as an auxiliary Lieutenant/dispatcher from 1992 to 1996; and was a corrections officer/bailiff/911 dispatcher at the Clare County Sheriff’s Department from 1990 to 1992.
Miedzianowski’s position at the Clare Police Department will be open, but Hibl said, “I haven’t officially said I am accepting applications yet.” He did say he has already received one application from a current employee, but wouldn’t say who it was from.
“My intent is to stay in-house [in filling the position]. I believe I will have a number of good, qualified applicants to choose from on our own current police department staff.”