Clinton Twp Police Chief Fred Posavetz dies from COVID-19 complications

Clinton Township Police Chief Fred Posavetz, seen here in a 2019 interview with FOX 2, died from complications linked to COVID-19, the city announced on Monday.

The city of Clinton Township said its police chief, Fred Posavetz, died recently from complications linked to COVID-19.

According to a press release from the city, employees learned of Posavetz's death at the age of 64 on Monday but did not specify when the long-time police officer had died.

Posavetz worked in the Clinton Township Police Department since April 1980 and worked his way up to sergeant in 1991, captain of the Road Patrol, Special Investigations Division, Criminal Investigations Division, and Support Services. in 1996. 

In 2007, Posavetz was promoted to police chief. 

In the press release, city supervisor Bob Cannon said he was what you would want in a police chief.

"As Chief, Fred was always proud to promote and swear-in new police officers," said Cannon. "At these events, he emphasized the positive qualities of each officer, then he acknowledged and thanked the families for attending and for what would be their child’s next 25-years of service to the community."

Posavetz was joined by his sons in the department: Ryan and Eric Posavetz became police officers in Clinton Township in 2019.

According to the city, Posavetz would have retired in June.

"Fred understood what was important and how to prioritize," said Cannon. "He was able to separate those things of little consequence.  He had the heart of a lion, strong and courageous. We will miss him immensely, are appreciative of his lifelong dedication to the residents of Clinton Township, and extend our sincere condolences to his family."