Residents of Hancock will have the chance to meet the city’s newest police chief tomorrow evening. From 4 -6 pm at the Hancock Fire Hall, Tami Sleeman will meet with residents with light refreshments available. Sleeman plans to step in as the department’s newest leader in the beginning of December, taking over for former police chief Wayne Butler. Sleeman grew up in the Copper Country, attending Houghton High School, before earning a degree in criminal justice at Northern Michigan University. She has previously worked within a county sheriff department in Colorado. Sleeman then moved on, to work as a Senior Special Agent within the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Criminal Investigation Division.
With the city’s passage of the police millage, Sleeman will have more funds, the plan is to add an additional full time officer from the collected tax revenue. A major goal the city has for the department is balancing the police budget. Hancock’s Police Department has had operated with low staffing levels, and more overtime hours for officers in recent years. Hancock’s decision to hire Sleeman was based on her connection to the region, 32 years of law enforcement experience with senior roles, and a keen eye for managing finances. The police millage passed by the city is expected to generate 100,000 dollars annually for a fifteen year period.
Hancock Fire Hall – 900 Ethel Avenue