IR selects new police chief

IRON RIVER—Iron River City Manager David Thayer announced March 10 that the city has hired its new police chief.
    Curtis Bristol will replace interim chief Roy D’Antonio, who has been performing the chief duties since Jan. 5. Bristol, whose tentative start date is April 10, is currently an officer with the Charlotte (Mich.) Police Department.
    Thayer said Bristol has 26 years of experience with the Charlotte PD, including 12 as a managing sergeant. Thayer added that his new hire has a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University.
    “In my opinion, we’re very lucky to get a person with this high level of skill and background,” Thayer said. “He’s well trained, experienced and prepared to be our new police chief. He’s got the demeanor that we need. He’s got that easy accommodation with a very, very firm backbone.”
    Charlotte is about 20 miles southwest of Lansing and has a population of about 9,000, according to the United States Census Bureau.
    Bristol will be introduced at the Iron River City Council meeting on Wednesday.
    Thayer said D’Antonio will continue as a part-time officer after Bristol assumes command.
    “Roy’s done a hell of a job,” Thayer said. “He’s delivered exactly what I had expected. I couldn’t have asked for more than what he gave.”