Chris Leonard Named Youth Services Unit Officer

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) is pleased to announce Officer Chris Leonard has been named Youth Services Unit (YSU) Officer for Mt. Pleasant High School.

Officer Leonard joined the MPPD in April 2022. Prior law enforcement experience includes, 13 years of service with the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office as a corrections sergeant and road patrol deputy.

Chris received his corrections academy certificate from Mid-Michigan Community College and is a graduate of the Delta College Police Academy.

The YSU, in existence since 1996, is a valuable program which involves police positively interacting with youth at an early age. The YSU Officer spends a considerable amount of time in the schools and provides guidance and support to students when needed, ultimately forming lifelong bonds. The popular Youth Police Academy and Shop with a Cop are just a few of the programs hosted by YSU.

Cram a Cruiser: Join Forces with the Mt. Pleasant Police Department to Support Toys for Tots

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department and Krapohl Ford Lincoln invites the public to help ‘cram a cruiser’ with new, unwrapped, unopened toys to support Toys for Tots.

Mt. Pleasant Police Officers look forward to personally thanking you for your generosity at the toy drop offs scheduled for:

  • December 1 from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Kraphol Ford Lincoln, 1415 E. Pickard Road.
  • December 8 from 4:00-6:30 p.m. in front of the Division of Public Safety Building, 804 E. High Street.
  • December 15 from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. in front of the Division of Public Safety Building, 804 E. High Street.

Mt. Pleasant Police Officer Mike Williams Promoted to Lieutenant

Officer Mike Williams has been promoted to Lieutenant of the Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD), and will assume his new duties immediately.

Mike possesses 23 years of law enforcement experience, 14 of those years with the MPPD. During his MPPD tenure, Mike has served as a Youth Services Officer, Field Training Officer, Fire Investigation Officer, Evidence Room Manager and supervised Crossing Guards and Park Rangers. Mike was also President of the Police Officers Association of Michigan for the MPPD. Other previous law enforcement assignments include service as Corrections Sergeant and Undersheriff for Mecosta County.

Assistant Police Chief Brandon Bliss shared, “Mike’s strong work ethic, excellent communication skills, solid-decision making abilities, and his natural capacity to serve, greatly benefits our department. We are excited to welcome Mike to the police administration team.”

MPPD Seeks Assistance in Locating Family of Two Young Children (UPDATED: 11/5/2022 at 7 p.m.)

UPDATED: 11/5/2022 at 7 p.m. – The family of the two children have been located. There is no additional information at this time. Updates will be provided when available.

On November 5, 2022 at 12:45 a.m. Mt. Pleasant Police Officers responded to a call in which two small children were discovered unaccompanied within the city limits. The children are a 15 to 18-month-old male, and a 4 to 6-month-old female.

The children are currently under Child Protective Services guardianship.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the children and their parent(s) or guardian(s). Currently, only a photo of the 15 to 18-month-old male child is available.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Mt. Pleasant Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line at 989-779-9111 or Central Dispatch at 989-773-1000. This is an ongoing and open investigation. Updates will be provided when available.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, Isabella County Central Dispatch, and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department.

Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – October 10, 2022

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, October 10, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room, 320 W. Broadway St., Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with virtual options.

City Clerk administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed City Commissioner Bryan Chapman.

Mayor Perschbacher read and presented a Proclamation recognizing Indigenous People’s Day – October 10, 2022. The Onion Creek Drummers performed the Drum Ceremony.

Approved the Agenda as presented.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

4) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held September 26, 2022.

5) Contract with Great Lakes Concrete Restoration Inc. of Troy/Prudenville, MI for the Apparatus Bay Floor Restoration Project.

6) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1085, an ordinance to add a Chapter 116 to Title XI: Business Regulations of the City of Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances entitled “Electric Scooters/Skateboards”.

Approved resolution for the expansion of the Development District and revised Off-Premise and On-Premise Liquor License Policy.

Adopted Resolutions #1 and #2 To Commence Proceedings For Special Assessment, Tentatively Determine The Necessity, And Set A Public Hearing For October 24, 2022, Regarding the Necessity of Special Assessment District #3-22.

Mayor Perschbacher appointed Commissioner Liz Busch to the Principal Shopping District Board to replace Commissioner Ronan.

Conducted a Work Session on the 2023 Operating Budget.

Adjourned the meeting at 8:05 p.m.

Andy Latham Retires from Mt. Pleasant Police Department – Brandon Bliss Promoted to Assistant Police Chief

Andy Latham
Brandon Bliss

MT. PLEASANT, MI – Director of Public Safety/Police Chief Paul Lauria recently announced personnel changes within the Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD). Effective November 4, 2022, Assistant Police Chief Andy Latham will retire after 26 years of service to the department. Lieutenant Brandon Bliss has been promoted to Assistant Police Chief and will assume his new duties on November 6, 2022.

Director Lauria stated, “There is much to celebrate with these recent personnel changes. It is wonderful to witness a dedicated and successful law enforcement official like Assistant Police Chief Latham achieve retirement. His commitment to our profession and department is truly appreciated and we thank him for his service. It is a bonus,” Lauria continued, “to have the ability to promote a highly qualified individual like Brandon Bliss up through the departmental ranks to fill the role of Assistant Police Chief. Since joining the MPPD in 2008, Brandon has exhibited a strong work ethic and dedication. He will do well in his new role.”  

During his tenure with the MPPD, Assistant Police Chief Andy Latham progressed through the ranks of Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Assistant Police Chief.  

Special assignments included serving on the Isabella County Traffic Team, Bayanet, Youth Services Unit, and the Mt. Pleasant Fire Technical Rescue Team. He was also a Motor Operator, Arson Investigator and Commander of the Emergency Services Unit.  

Andy has long taken pride in assisting his community by organizing MPPD volunteer activities including: Toys for Tots, Shop with a Cop, Shop with a Hero, Christmas Outreach, helping the Strickler Center Food Pantry, as well as preparing and serving food for the Isabella County Restoration House.

As Andy shared, “I am very fortunate to have spent my career at the MPPD. I have been encouraged and motivated to refine and grow my skill set.” During his law enforcement years, Andy completed multiple Michigan State Police Supervisory Courses, as well as graduated from the Grand Rapids Police Executive Leadership Institute, and the FBI National Academy. This is in addition to his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University.      

Reflecting on his MPPD experiences Andy observed, “I have had the pleasure of working with many noble men and women over the decades. Our community is fortunate to have a Division of Public Safety populated with men and women who are courageous, caring and are deserving of continued gratitude and support.  As I retire from the law enforcement profession,” He added, “I do so with great memories, lasting friendships and no regrets. It has been my pleasure to serve the Mt. Pleasant community alongside a talented and committed Public Safety team.”

Andy’s immediate retirement plans include assuming the role of Dean of Students/Athletic Director for Sacred Heart Academy in Mt. Pleasant.

In assuming his new position, Brandon Bliss possesses more than 17 years of law enforcement experience, with 14 of these years with the MPPD. During his time with the department he has served as a Lieutenant, Sergeant, Youth Services Unit Officer, team leader for the Emergency Services Team, lead Sergeant for the Field Training Program and held union leadership roles with the Police Officers Association of Michigan and the Command Officers Association of Michigan.

Brandon obtained a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. Throughout his career he has also completed Michigan State University’s First Line Supervision Program as well as attending various other supervisory and leadership schools.

In regards to his new role Brandon shared, “There have been many exemplary leaders at the MPPD over the years. I look forward to carrying on that long tradition of excellence. I am even more excited to help and support a great group of officers who serve our community, in multiple ways, with integrity, pride and compassion.”

Juvenile in Custody After Bringing Gun to MPHS Football Game – No Risk to the Public

On September 23, 2022 at approximately 7:19 p.m. officers from the Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) Youth Services Unit were contacted by a Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Administrator. This administrator informed officers that a juvenile spectator at the Mt. Pleasant High School (MPHS) football game may have a gun in their possession.

Youth Services Unit Officers immediately made contact with the 17-year-old male suspect and asked him to step outside of the stadium. Once outside of the stadium gates, the male juvenile engaged in a physical fight with officers. A gun was located on the suspect and he was immediately placed into custody.

The juvenile suspect is not a student of the Mt. Pleasant Public Schools System.

This was an isolated incident and there is no risk to the public.

Anyone with further information are asked to contact the Mt. Pleasant Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line at 989-779-9111 or Isabella County Central Dispatch 989-773-1000. This is an ongoing and open investigation.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Central Michigan University Police Department, Michigan State Police, Isabella County Central Dispatch and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department.

Boil Water Advisory – EFFECTIVE 09/01/2022

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER

City of Mount Pleasant Did Not Meet Treatment Requirements

BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING

Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. As our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we did to correct this situation.

We routinely monitor your water for turbidity (cloudiness).  This tells us whether we are effectively filtering the water supply.  Normal turbidity levels at our plant are .03 turbidity units.  A water sample taken on September 1, 2022, showed levels of 1.99 turbidity units.  This was above the standard of 1.0 turbidity units.  Because of these high levels of turbidity, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms.  Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure our customers are aware of the situation, we are issuing this notice. 

What should I do?

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and preparing food. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Continue using boiled or bottled water until further notice.

People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791.

What does this mean?

Turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches. These symptoms are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.

What happened? What was done?

A problem occurred with the treatment system at the water plant. During water plant start up, high turbidity water passed through the filters due to operator error and entered the distribution system.  There may be an increased chlorine smell or discoloration in your water due to corrective actions taken by the water department.  Samples will be taken every 24 hours beginning Friday, September 2nd and again Saturday, September 3rd.  Two consecutive clear samples will be required to lift the boil water advisory. 

The health and safety of our residents is our top priority.  For updates, please check the City of Mount Pleasant’s Facebook page and its blog at https:\\mpcityblog.com or the community information phone line:  989-779-5320. 

For more information, please contact Jason DeFeyter at 989-779-5427 or jdefeyter@mt-pleasant.org

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

This notice is being sent to you by the City of Mount Pleasant.

Golf Cart Accident Leads to Fatality

On August 16, 2022 at approximately 3:34 a.m. officers from the Mt. Pleasant Police Department responded to a suspicious situation near Chase Run Apartments on Isabella Road. During patrol of the area officers located a rolled golf cart and a deceased male in Horizon Park. The male was identified as a 16-year old from Mt. Pleasant. A 16-year old female from Mt. Pleasant, who was also involved in the accident, received minor scrapes and bruises.

This is an active and on-going investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Mt. Pleasant Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line at (989) 779-9111 or Central Dispatch (989) 773-1000.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Michigan State Police, Central Michigan University Police, Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Mobile Medical Response, Isabella County Central Dispatch and the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department.

Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – August 8, 2022

Water Plant Operators Alexander Swick and Zach Griffith were introduced.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

6) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held July 25, 2022.

7) Minutes of the closed session of the City Commission held July 25, 2022.

8) Purchase from JWC Environmental of Santa Ana, CA of a rebuilt 2022 grinder assembly.

9) Waived fees for Downtown Pitch Competition being held November 9, 2022.

10) Warrants and Payrolls.

Approved a second Youth Services Unit Officer position.

Approved a resolution approving the Downtown Mt. Pleasant Social District and budget amendment for same.

Held a work session discussion regarding potential housing program.

Adjourned the meeting at 9:13p.m.