Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, July 2, 2010

Michelle Elder elected to DPS Oversight Committee

Michelle Elder, emergency department technician II in the U-M Health System Emergency Department, has been elected as the non-bargained-for staff representative to the Department of Public Safety Oversight Committee for a two-year term that began Thursday.

Elder has worked in emergency medical services for almost 18 years. During that time, she has worked closely with many different security, police, fire, and emergency services teams.

“I am very pleased and excited to be elected to the DPS Oversight Committee. I have a long history in emergency services and dealing with the police and have a natural interest in sharing my experience for the good of the university,” says Elder.

The DPS Oversight Committee is an independent committee established to address grievances and complaints by persons against DPS police officers or the department. The committee may make recommendations concerning such grievances to the executive vice president and chief financial officer, including recommendations for disciplinary action.

The six-member committee consists of two student members, two faculty members (one Senate faculty and one non-Senate faculty), and two staff members (one union and one non-union), who are nominated and elected by their peers for two-year terms.

The committee member representing bargained-for staff is John Nichols, an electrician in Construction Services. Faculty representatives are Thomas Moore, professor of biology, and Richard Friedman, Alene and Allan F. Smith Professor of Law.

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