Personnel hearing set for Chief Pierce

Barry Township Police Chief Victor Pierce. (Aug. 4, 2014)
Barry Township Police Chief Victor Pierce. (Aug. 4, 2014)

BARRY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Barry Township board has scheduled a hearing to discuss the status of Chief of Police Victor Pierce.

The personnel hearing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Delton Kellogg LGI Auditorium, located at 10425 Panther Dr., according to the Barry Township website.

The small community in southern Barry County is split on the way Pierce has run the Barry Township Police Department since he took over four years ago.

He has 34 reserve officers in addition to the department’s four full-time and four part-time officers. Some say that’s too many for the community of less than 4,000. There have also been claims of excessive force.

The reserve officers are currently off the job due to insurance regulations.

At a regularly scheduled board meeting earlier this week, residents voiced their opinions on Pierce. Some supported him and some said he should be fired immediately.

The board decided to have a separate meeting to discuss Pierce’s contract and his future with the Barry Township Police Department.

Thursday’s personnel hearing is open to the public, but the board may go into executive session after the start of the meeting, which would not be open.

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