LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Michael D. MacDonald on Wednesday introduced legislation to honor Clinton Township Police Chief Fred Posavetz, who died in 2021 from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
“Chief Posavetz was committed to his family and to serving and protecting the people of Macomb County. He was a great leader and an even better person, and he was always able to raise the spirits of his fellow officers and the people he met,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “Sadly, a few months before he was set to retire, Chief Posavetz died last year as the result of COVID-19 that he caught while serving his community. This bill would help ensure we never forget his more than 40 years of exemplary service to Clinton Township families and the real loss we have endured.”
Senate Bill 1143 would designate a portion of Highway M-97 in Macomb County’s Clinton Township from Harrington Street to 16 Mile Road as the “Police Chief Fred Posavetz Memorial Highway.”
Posavetz grew up in Detroit and began his 41-year career with the Clinton Township Police Department in 1980 after earning a degree in criminal justice from Wayne State University. He became the department’s first K-9 officer in 1987 and 20 years later was named chief of police.
He is survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons, who both serve in the Clinton Township Police Department.
SB 1143 has been referred to the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for consideration. If the bill is signed into law, it will have no fiscal impact on the state or local government. State law requires sufficient private contributions to completely cover the cost of erecting and maintaining markers indicating the name of a memorial highway.