Deputy chief takes over as chief for Grayling Police Department

New chief Amanda Clough says transition has gone well following the retirement of previous chief Doug Baum
The City of Grayling had a succession plan in place for Deputy Chief Amanda Clough to take over for Doug Baum as police chief, but the change has taken place a few years ahead of schedule following Baum’s recent retirement.
Clough joined the Grayling Police Department in 2010. Clough said she started her law enforcement career 16 years ago in Montmorency County, where Baum was the sheriff. Clough said Baum was one of her instructors at the police academy and he hired her and several others from her class to serve the Montmorency department.
“That was nice working with my classmates,” Chief Clough said. 
Baum began his tenure as Grayling police chief in 2009. The city expanded his role to include city manager around a year later. Clough joined the Grayling Police Department in 2010.
Baum retired from his duties as Grayling police chief in June and ended his time as city manager in July. Baum had recently signed a three-year contract extension and said he expected to finish those three years and possibly work one more year, but he decided to retire due to health reasons.
“I was really sad to see him retire from law enforcement but honored and proud to be named the next police chief,” Chief Clough said. “It was definitely a lot sooner than I thought by a few years, but thankfully with his guidance and planning it allowed things to continue to move forward.”
“The last six years, running day to day operation has definitely helped make it an easy transition, but another big part in that transition, it’s the whole team, because we’ve always worked as a team,” Chief Clough said.
(Including Chief Clough, the Grayling Police Department has six officers, she said.)
Chief Clough said her diverse background in law enforcement has also helped make it a smooth transition. She said she’s worked in corrections, dispatch, schools, field training, child death investigation, and firefighting/EMT.
“Those have definitely helped understanding the job and all it entails,” Chief Clough said.
Chief Clough said when she was young she aspired to become a police officer.
“Being a police chief was never a goal of mine or something I was seeking. As a child I just wanted to be a police officer to help people. Now not only do I get to help people but I get to help a department as a whole,” Chief Clough said. “It’s a fun job. I don’t know what I would be doing if I wasn’t doing this.”
Clough said she lived downstate as a child and experienced having a family member shot and killed; a female police officer responded, Clough said.
“That had a big impact on me,” Chief Clough said. “I wanted to be a police officer at a pretty young age.”
Chief Clough said a challenge for the City of Grayling (and police departments in general) right now is “recruiting.”
“In my time as an officer there was an obvious interest in the profession, having a lot of ride-alongs and internships, and now we don’t see too many,” Chief Clough said.
Chief Clough said recent “public distrust in police” has probably caused a decline in candidates for police jobs, but the department is “partnering with high schools” in an attempt to provide “on the job training” and generate interest.
Drug use and its effects have been an issue in the community, according to law enforcement officials, but Chief Clough thinks the Families Against Narcotics programs such as Hope Not Handcuffs and Quick Response Team, which allow people with substance use issues to seek treatment through the police or allow the police to offer assistance to people who have overdosed, have helped.
“Not a ton of people come to us but we go to their doors,” Chief Clough said. “I think it’s helping people get the help they need for their substance use disorders.”
Overall, Clough said her time as police chief has gone well.
“It’s going good,” Chief Clough said. “I think personally credit can be given to Chief Baum for the transition.”

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