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New Wayland Police Chief Begins Work Today


WAYLAND, MI (WHTC) - Wayland city officials hope that some stability has come to the leadership of their community’s police force with the beginning of Steven Harper’s tenure as Chief. He starts his new duties today, four days after his retirement from the Michigan State Police. Harper was a trooper for nearly 26 years, retiring as a lieutenant and commander of the Wayland Post. He replaces John Slenk, the Janet Chandler murder cold case investigator who was the interim chief. Wayland has not had a permanent police leader since last April, when interim City Manager Terry Hofmeyer of Laketown Township sacked 26-year chief Dan Miller over alleged misconduct in office. New manager Michael Selden opted to seek a permanent replacement instead of reinstating Miller. Harper is expected to move his family from Jenison to Wayland as part of his new job.