There has been a lot of talk over the past few weeks of the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office taking policing jobs over from the Saginaw Police Department, but the Sheriff wants to set the record straight. One thing Sheriff Bill Federspiel made clear in his press conference is that he is not negotiating with the city and that he does not want to get caught in the middle of any negotiations between the City and POAM.
“My job is not policing the city. The citizens of Saginaw have repeatedly said they want their own agency, they have voted for a millage on numerous occasions,” Federspiel said. “They pay 7.5 mills for their agency. It’s not incumbent upon me to insert myself in between the citizens and their police department. The citizens I have talked to do want their police department, so I don’t want people misconstruing the fact that I have given numbers to the city as an attempt for me to take over that agency, because that’s not true.”