WARREN, Mich. (WJBK) - The Warren Police Department's new commissioner is a familiar face who is stepping back into a position he held until 2010.
Bill Dwyer was named new Warren Police Commissioner by mayor Warren Fouts last week. Fouts said, despite reports, outgoing commissioner Jere Green was not fired.
"It was a mutual parting and a very positive parting," he said.
Green has held the position since 2010 and is retiring from the job. Fouts said there were two meetings, a handshake, and well wishes for Green in retirement.
In his place comes Dwyer, who has nearly 50 years in law enforcement.
"I'm looking forward to having a cops' cop, a real professional on board in Bill Dwyer," Fouts said.
Dwyer was Warren's Police Commissor in 2008, but left in 2010 when he was elected to the Oakland County Board of commissioners - a job he still holds. Fouts insists there will not be any conflict with him in two positions.
"Bill Dwyer has indicated to me that he's not going to run for re-election, he will be finishing out his turn. In addition to that, anytime that he takes off for a few meetings that might occur during the day, will not be at the taxpayers expense. They will be at his expense - whether it be a personal day or something of that nature," Fouts said.
Dwyer said that he's looking forward to returning to Warren and wants to develop a neighborhood watch, get more diversity in the police force, and re-establish the canine unit.
As for Green, Fouts is leaving the door open.
"Who knows, Jere could be back here some day and I could even support Jere for some office, you never know," he said.