James Poma, an officer with the Huron Township Police Department, has been selected to be the new school resource officer with the Huron School District.
Poma is scheduled to begin his new assignment next week.
The decision to reimplement the program was accepted by the Huron School Board on Jan. 29, and approved by the Huron Board of Trustees during their Wednesday, Feb. 10 board meeting.
The contract will last for the remainder of this school year and through the 2017-2018 school year.
Poma, who has worked as an officer with the Huron Department since 2014, is a former Wayne County Sheriff who has worked on the U.S. Marshalls Fugitive Task Force, and since joining Huron’s force, has worked as a detective, patrol officer and field training officer.
“Officer Poma is a true professional. He comes to work every day and leads by example. There is no doubt in my mind that he will make a difference in a lot of young people’s lives,” said Police Chief Everette Robbins.
Huron has a rich history of involving police officers with the schools that operate within the township.
The police department previously had Officer Keith Nickrand assigned as the liaison to the school district from 1994 up until 2012, when the position was suspended due to layoffs.
Nickrand is currently the resource officer at Summit Academy. Before Nickrand took on that role at Summit, Sgt. Bryan Tyitye was the resource officer there from 1999, until his recent promotion.
“A lot of credit for this goes to Trustee Donna Mendrysa who put a lot of time, effort, and research into this project. This was something she was passionate about and I am happy that we were able to all come together and make this happen. I thank the Superintendent and the School Board for working hand in hand with us. Good things happen when all of the stakeholders have a common goal,” said Robbins.