For Immediate Release
JOHN SETO APPOINTED CITY OF ANN ARBOR POLICE CHIEF
ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 17, 2012 — Last night, Ann Arbor City Council appointed John Seto Safety Services Administrator and Police Chief.
Since April 1, 2012, Seto has served as Interim Safety Services Administrator and Interim Police Chief. He was hired by the City of Ann Arbor as a Patrol Officer in 1990 and was appointed Deputy Chief of Police, Operations Division, in 2008. His law enforcement experience includes detective, patrol, and SWAT operational and management responsibilities.
His administrative experience includes employee relations and labor negotiations and budget preparation and management. While Interim Safety Services Area Administrator, he has been a valuable addition to the city’s administrative leadership team.
Seto has a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University. He has continued his education and professional development at EMU as well as with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He also holds Firefighter I & II Certifications.
“John Seto is well qualified to serve as the city’s Safety Services Administrator and Police Chief,” said City Administrator Steve Powers. “The internal promotion of a candidate who meets the position’s requirements of leadership, management experience, community involvement, judgment, and trustworthiness is healthy for the Police Department. I’m confident John has the experience necessary to serve our community well in this role.”
The Safety Services Administrator position is responsible for the administrative supervision and leadership of police services, fire services, and emergency management, with a combined budget of $39 million and 228 employees. Service Area Administrators are appointed by the City Administrator, whereas the City Charter requires City Council to appoint the Police Chief.
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