Mt. Morris Township police chief appointed to lead Flint Police Department

Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 2:15 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - The new Flint Police Department chief won’t have a much longer commute to his new job.

Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley announced Wednesday that he has appointed Terence Green, chief of the neighboring Mt. Morris Township Police Department, to lead Flint’s police officers.

“I’m accepting this position due to the fact I have a everlasting love for the City of Flint,” Green said. “I love this City. Being able to be appointed to the Chief of Police of the City of Flint, will be the pinnacle of my law enforcement career.”

Green has worked as a police officer in Michigan since 1992, when he was hired by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office as a jail corrections officer. He received a paramedic license in 1994 and was certified as a police road patrol deputy for the sheriff’s office in 1995.

Green was promoted to sergeant at the sheriff’s office in 1999 and spent stints on three Mid-Michigan drug enforcement teams. He was promoted to captain in 2009 and retired from the sheriff’s office in 2013.

Green then took a job as a sergeant in the University of Michigan-Flint Police Department while attending a police command school, where he graduated in 2014. He became chief of the Mt. Morris Township Police Department in September 2014 and has remained in that position ever since.

Still living in the City and from his time with Mt. Morris Township Police over the last 6 years, Green said he knows some Flint officers well. They often work side-by-side on cases together.

Green adds he has some concerns about morale at the Department, so he’s making that his top priority.

“Right now, I’m waiting for day one, so I can evaluate everything. Once I’ve done that thorough evaluation, there might be some changes, there might not be some changes. But until I have the opportunity to evaluate the situation here at this police department, I can’t make any, suggest any changes at this time,” he explained.

Green takes over leadership of the Flint Police Department from Phil Hart, who served as interim chief from February until Monday. Flint was without a police chief for a few months after Timothy Johnson resigned in November shortly after former Mayor Karen Weaver was voted out of office.

Johnson and Hart ran unsuccessfully for Genesee County sheriff on Aug. 4, losing to Sheriff Chris Swanson in the Democratic primary.

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