New Hannahville police chief sworn in

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Terry Pearson, left, gets sworn in as chief of police for the Hannahville Tribal Police Department by Tribal Vice-Chair Elaine Meshigaud Monday in the tribal administration building’s courtroom.

HANNAHVILLE –The Hannahville Tribal Police Department has a new chief of police. Terry Pearson was sworn in Monday morning in the tribal administration building’s courtroom.

Pearson, of Escanaba, was sworn in by Tribal Vice-Chair Elaine Meshiguad during a ceremony with Pearson’s son and wife, along with two of their grandchildren, some police officers and others in attendance. Pearson will take over the position from former chief of police Robin Hafaday, who served the department for 22 years.

Prior to being chosen for chief of police for the Hannahville community, Pearson served with the Escanaba Public Safety Department from 1978 to 2006, retiring with the rank of detective lieutenant.

After retiring from Escanaba Public Safety in 2006, Pearson went back to school for a bachelor’s degree, followed by a master’s degree in 2008.

The same year, he was hired as security manager at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris, where he has served up until accepting the chief of police job.

“It is an awesome experience. I’m humbled and I feel very blessed to serve at this capacity,” Pearson said following the ceremony.

When asked what some of his goals were for the department, Pearson commented that since the program runs so smoothly, there isn’t much to “fix” but he hopes to maintain the efficiency of the department.

“It’s a department that runs pretty well. I want to maintain that,” he said, adding he also hopes to inspire other officers and employees to be the best they can be and continue to do an outstanding job protecting the Hannahville community.

One aspect Pearson hopes he can help the police department with is expanding its relationships with other law enforcement agencies regionally.

Pearson’s wife, Jeanne, said she couldn’t be more proud of her husband and all of his accomplishments.

“I’m so thrilled,” she said. “He loves his work and he loves the community.”

In his spare time, Pearson said he enjoys spending time with his three dogs, collecting stamps, refinishing antique furniture, and hanging out with his 20-plus grandchildren.

Along with his many other activities, ­Pearson also teaches law enforcement ­courses part-time at Bay College in ­Escanaba.