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POLC Field Reps

Field Representative, Scott Blackwell

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A retired Chesterfield Township Police Detective, Scott has been a POLC member since 1989. He served on Chesterfield Police Officers Association (CPOA) Board 22 years, representing Detectives, Patrol Officers and Dispatchers as a Union Steward 12 years, and President for 10 years. Scott was assigned to: Michigan State Police (MSP)/FBI Joint Computer Crimes Task Force; Macomb Area Computer Enforcement Unit M.A.C.E./Internet Crimes Against Children I.C.A.C.; MSP Multi-jurisdictional Narcotics Team; and County of Macomb Enforcement Team (C.O.M.E.T.). He graduated with a Criminal Justice honors bachelor’s degree from University of Detroit.

Field Representative, Chester Kulesza

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Chester has been a Labor Council Representative since 2004. He was a member of the Warren Police Department for 32 years and retired as a Detective. While on the Police Department, Chet was assigned to Radar and Motor Carrrier Duties, Uniform Patrol and attended Michigan State Community Policing Concepts School. Chet has also served as the Warren POA President and was responsible for processing grievances through arbitration, as well as contract negotiations up and through binding arbitration.

Field Representative, Jim O'Connor

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A POLC member since 1993, Jim retired from Chesterfield Township Police Department after 23 years of service. He was a local POLC steward with Chesterfield Police Officers Association for four years and Command Officers Association for nine years. He rose through the ranks as a Firearms Instructor, Use of Force Instructor, Evidence Technician, Detective, Road Patrol Sergeant and Administrative Sergeant. He served four years in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and four years with Michigan National Guard. After obtaining his Criminal Justice associate degree at Kirtland Community College, he began his law enforcement career as a Marine Deputy in Clare County in 1992. Jim juggled three part-time Police Officer positions at Village of Armada, Richmond and Chesterfield Township until he was hired as a full-time Chesterfield Township Police Officer.

Field Representative, Jason Owen

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Retired Allegan County Sheriffs’ Office Corrections Deputy, Jason was with the department for over 10 years, serving as a POLC local Chief Steward for eight years and an Alternate Steward for one year. He also worked as a State of Michigan Department of Corrections Officer for seven years and was active in Michigan Corrections Organization, (a member of MAPO). Jason graduated Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in Adult Corrections with an emphasis on and upper level coursework in Labor and Employment Law, Contract Negotiations and Grievance Administration Mediation.

Field Representative, Duane P. Smith

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Duane is a long-term veteran and served the Romulus Police Department until his retirement in December 2004. Throughout his career, Duane served as President of the Patrol Officers Association as well as spent his last six years as President of the Command Officers Association. A welcomed member of the Labor Council staff in January 2005, Duane has an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement from Northwestern Michigan University, a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University and is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University Police Staff and Command School.

Field Representative, Jim Stachowski

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Jim retired as a Lieutenant after serving 25 years with Clinton Township Police. As a POLC Command Officer for 12 years, he was Clinton’s Lieutenants and Sergeants Association Union Vice President for five years and President for the last five years of his police career. He was secretary of the local patrolmen’s union board. Jim served on Clinton Township’s Police & Fire Pension Board and Retiree Healthcare Board for 12 years, spending the last seven years as Chairman of both boards. He was Use of Force Coordinator, a SWAT Team member for 17 years, Assistant SWAT Team Leader and Clinton’s SWAT Team Commander. He was part of a Special Investigations Unit for nine years, working as an undercover patrolman, a County of Macomb Enforcement Team (C.O.M.E.T.) member, a Sergeant with Clinton Township Drug Unit and a Lieutenant in charge of their Narcotics Bureau for five years. Jim attended F.B.I. National Academy Session #252 and received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Madonna University.

Field Representative, John Stidham

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A veteran of Allegan County Sheriffs since 1987, John joined the Labor Council staff in 2010. Prior to the sheriff’s department, John attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College and has 31 years experience with law enforcement agencies. While on the Sheriff’s Department, he served as a Range Officer, Firearms Instructor, Accident Reconstruction Specialist, Hostage Negotiator, Sniper Team Leader, S.W.A.T. Team Leader and was also assigned to the Detective Bureau. From 1992 until his retirement, John also served as a local union leader, first as it’s Sergeant at Arms and then the last 14 years as Chief Steward.

Field Representative, Hal Telling

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Hal became a Labor Representative in 2015 after over 30 years of labor relations experience beginning in 1982 as a Genesee County Sheriff’s Department Executive Board member. He became a City of Flushing Police Officer in 1985 and in 1988, the City of Flushing elected Telling an Alternate POLC Steward and Chief Negotiator. He later served as Local Union President. From 1987-89, Hal also worked as a part-time Patrol Officer and high school Resource Officer for Mt. Morris Township (another POLC unit). In Flushing, he worked as a Detective, Sergeant, and Acting Chief before retiring as a Detective Sergeant in 2011. Hal was a 67th District Court Officer in Flushing while working part-time for Genesee County Parks Department from 2011 to 2014 .

Field Representative, David Thomas

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David is a 35-year veteran police officer, who retired as a Detective Sergeant after serving 30 years with the Belding Police Department. He was as a local POLC Union Steward for 28 years with Belding, where he also worked as a Property Room Operator and Evidence Technician. He was the Belding Police representative at the Ionia/Montcalm Counties Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and served on the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee at Heartlands Institute of Technology in Ionia County. He graduated with an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Grand Rapids Junior College, completed the Criminal Justice Pre-Service Academy, and has held a State of Michigan Paramedic License since 1989. David also spent 24 years working as a sworn Court Officer in Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Field Representative, Christopher Watts

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A career-long member of the POLC, Christopher retired from Mt. Morris Township after serving 20 years, the last six as Union Steward and President. He was a Flushing Township Patrol Officer and served as a part-time New Lothrop Patrol Officer for 11 years while working for Mt. Morris PD. He served in the U.S. Air Force, honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. After retiring, he was Chief Business Development Officer for STAT EMS, where a large part of his job was negotiating contracts. He received several citations for apprehensions as a Mt. Morris K9 Officer; multiple letters of commendation; and meritorious service awards. He is a founding member of Mid-Michigan Police Canine Association; was named Mt. Morris Township Officer of the Year; and received a Community Advocacy Award for initiating public safety programs. He also worked as a MCOLES training officer, school resource officer, firearms instructor and armorer, and field training officer.

Research Analyst, Nancy Ciccone

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Nancy has been with the Police Officers Labor Council for numerous years. Her primary responsibilities include the research and preparation of comparable data for contract negotiations and Act 312 arbitrations. She also serves as an expert witness in all of the Compulsory Binding Arbitration (Act 312) hearings. Nancy has a BA – Industrial Relations, Western Michigan University and a MA – Industrial & Labor Relations, Wayne State University.