Green appointed captain, assistant director at Ferris DPS

BIG RAPIDS — The new assistant director at Ferris State University’s Department of Public Safety has some familiarity with the campus and Director Bruce Borkovich.

Gary Green, who retired from the Michigan State Police after 28 years of service with the rank of lieutenant and assistant post commander in Mount Pleasant, joined Ferris’ DPS as an officer in September and recently was appointed a captain and assistant director.

Green steps in for captain and assistant director James M. Cook, who retired this spring after 28 years of service to the Ferris community.

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As part of his new duties, Green will assist Borkovich in the administration of a department that includes three sergeants, eight officer positions, a dispatch specialist and cadets.

“We have great people who really strive to do things the right way for the right reasons,” Green said. “We’re fortunate to have a great group of police officers.”

Green and Borkovich have known each other for more than 20 years. That familiarity, combined with extensive law-enforcement experience, helped Green land in nearby familiar territory with a team he knows and respects.

“This appointment feels really good, it’s like redemption,” said Green, who was hired as a Ferris DPS officer in September 2017. “When I came here, out of high school, I wasn’t ready to be a student. Now, I’ve had an opportunity to come back to Ferris as a police officer and now as captain and assistant director of DPS. I’m also looking forward to going back to school to further my education.”

Borkovich, having known Green for 23 years, believes Ferris is fortunate to have someone of Green’s abilities serving in such an important DPS position.

“Gary is an excellent officer with a great amount of training and supervisory experience,” Borkovich said. “We were blessed to have him as an officer and we’re even more blessed, now, to have someone of his caliber as assistant director and captain.”

Under Borkovich, the department has emphasized positive, proactive engagement between officers and the faculty, staff and students of the university community.

“It has been kind of refreshing having these opportunities to get out on campus and to interact with our students, especially,” Green said. “It’s great because I get to know so many of them and they get to know me. When they get to know me, and our other officers, they find out that we’re people just like them.”

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