July 24, 2014GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Andrew Pazuchowski has been named the new Director of Public Safety in Huntington Woods, effective Monday, Aug. 4.A 30-year veteran of the Grosse Pointe Woods public safety department, Pazuchowski, 54, has served as director since January 2011. His last day will be Friday, Aug. 1.
"I have been a part of Grosse Pointe Woods for 30 years, so I have mixed emotions about leaving," Pazuchowski said. "This really feels like family, and I have loved my time here."
It was family that helped influence Pazuchowski's decision to take the Huntington Woods director's job.
"Most of my family is on that side of town and we spend a lot of time there. If I ever changed jobs, I knew I wanted to look in that area. When the Huntington Woods position opened up, I knew it was just what I was looking for."
As Pazuchowski looks forward, he can't help but look back.
"I started working here under Jack Patterson, and then with Mike Makowski," he said, citing previous public safety directors, "and then working with Skip Fincham, both when he was director and then as city administrator. Skip has been a great mentor."
Pazuchowski also praised the mayor and council for their support.
"The city is committed to keeping the public safety department strong and keeping our residents safe."
Pazuchowski wanted to make it perfectly clear that his resignation was not based on the issues created by the June 29 fireworks.
"I had applied for the Huntington Woods position in May," he said, and was well into the interview process when the fireworks occurred.
"It has been a pleasure serving the citizens of Grosse Pointe Woods," he said. "I have appreciated all the opportunities the city has given me."
A search will be conducted for a new director, Fincham told the city council at a committee of the whole meeting Monday night. If a new director is not in place by Aug. 4, Fincham will fill in as interim director until the position is filled. According to city charter, Fincham appoints the new director, based on approval of council.