By Scott Bolthouse|ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com|July 23, 2021
Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety, was appointed by Governor Whitmer to the state’s new task force on juvenile justice reform.
In June, Whitmer created the task force on juvenile justice with a focus on analyzing the juvenile justice system and recommending “proven practices and strategies for reform grounded in data, research, and fundamental constitutional principles,” a statement from the governor’s office said.
Robbins is the chief of police and director of public safety for Huron Township, and has lead the department since May 2014 when he was appointed.
He holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Public Safety Studies from Siena Heights University and earned his MCOLES certification from Washtenaw County Community College.
Robbins is appointed to represent a police chief nominated by the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.
Robbins said it is a privilege to be appointed to the position.
“I am very honored to be chosen to represent Huron Township on this very important task force. This is a great opportunity to be a part of something that can make a great impact on many young lives,” Robbins said. “When my career is over, I hope my legacy will be the things we have been able to do for the youth within our community.”
Since 2012, Robbins has worked with juveniles on the FBI’s southeast Michigan crimes against children task force as a task force officer and board member. The task force focuses on combating human trafficking, and also includes Leo Girard, a detective lieutenant with Huron Township police.
Robbins also was assigned to the juvenile and gang intelligence division with the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department.
The governor’s task force includes members of the executive branch, legislature, judiciary, and juvenile justice community.
Appointees will serve for two-year terms expiring July 22, 2023.
The task force is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist.
“To fully change our criminal justice system into a system that will position young Michiganders for success, we need the best minds from a wide variety of backgrounds to lead the Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform,” Gilchrist said. “I am very confident that these appointees are going to do everything in their power to ensure that we focus on building and delivering reforms that will make our communities safer while improving outcomes for individuals who come into contact with our criminal justice system. When we allow everyone to have a seat at the table, we make sure that these policies will be inclusive and equitable for all.”