OAKLEY, Mich. — A village in central Michigan has decided to not renew its contracts with its police department after federal agents raided the chief’s home.
Trustees in Oakley unanimously voted Tuesday not to renew contracts for the part-time, six-person department. The current contracts expire Nov. 8.
The decision came after Oakley Police Chief Robert Reznick’s home was raided last week by agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
ATF officials have declined to provide details, citing an ongoing investigation. The chief hasn’t been arrested or charged.
“If the feds are concerned about him, shouldn’t the Village of Oakley also be?” asked Francis Koski, a former trustee.
Reznick’s leadership was also criticized after residents discovered wealthy individuals and celebrities could join his police force as reserve officers. Some of those reservists helped Oakley pay insurance bills by making donations to the department.
“It (the decision) would eliminate all the controversy and drama that’s come from the department,” said Rich Fish, president of the Oakley Village Council. “It’s in the best interest of Oakley to not renew the contracts.”
Police reports show the department also worked less than 14 hours last month, took zero service calls and conducted zero traffic stops.
Fish said trustees will “ride this month out” and discuss later whether they want to permanently get rid of a local police force or just make changes.
“It would be too early to think about what we’re going to do,” he said. “I really don’t think we’ll have a police department.”