Police Department Executive Staff
Chief Robert J. Shelide
This January, Robert J. Shelide started his 34th year in law enforcement; his sixth as Chief of Police of Shelby Township. He began his career with the Detroit Police Department, stationed at the 7th Precinct (Mack Avenue) from 1987 to 1994. During this time, then Officer Shelide made over 550 felony arrests and was awarded a departmental citation in recognition of valiant service performed in the line of duty. He was also awarded six citations, over 40 commendation certificates, and was selected as the 7th Precinct Patrol Officer of the Month for April 1990.
In 1994, Robert was hired by the Southfield Police Department, spending the next 21 years honing his skills and climbing the ranks. Between 1995 and 2004, then Detective Shelide investigated cases involving sex crimes, sex crimes of children, and crimes against and involving children. Detective Shelide was involved in countless major investigations and received departmental awards, accolades and letters acknowledging his performance. As a lieutenant, he was appointed Acting Deputy Chief by Chief Eric Hawkins in June of 2013, and assumed command of the department's patrol division -- a staff of over 100. Robert was formally promoted to Deputy Chief in June of 2014, a position he held until his retirement in January 2015.
Chief Shelide was hired by the Charter Township of Shelby on January 12, 2015. Chief Shelide has made professionalism by his staff a mandate. Starting with cutting-edge training and equipment, the officers are prepared to handle high-risk situations, but also understand the necessity of providing our residents and our business owners with great service. Over each of the last five years, Chief Shelide has overseen the department's $16 million+ budget, coming in "under budget" each of those years. In addition, the department has paid out zero dollars in lawsuits and has vigorously defended itself in litigation.
In January 2018, Chief Shelide was elected by his peers to serve as President of the Southeast Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Shelide served on the Executive Board of the organization for two years prior. He currently serves as the Past President. In June 2018, the Transportation Improvement Association's Board of Directors voted and approved Chief Shelide as a new TIA board member. A highlight of Chief Shelide’s administrative career was being asked to be the keynote speaker for the Macomb Police Academy Graduating Class # 104 in December 2018. Chief Shelide was elected by his peers to serve as District 3 Board Representative for the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.
Chief Shelide has a Bachelor's degree in community development with a concentration in public administration from Central Michigan University, and has a graduate certificate of achievement in criminal justice from the University of Virginia. Chief Shelide is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (session #285) and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia (session #253).
Deputy Chief Mark Coil attended Michigan State University, graduating in 1989 with a B.A. degree in criminal justice. After successfully completing the Macomb Police Academy, he joined the Shelby Township Police Department in January of 1991. During the course of his career, Deputy Chief Coil spent his first five years in the patrol division. In 1996, he was chosen as the department's D.A.R.E. Officer, spending the next five years in that role. In January 2001, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and returned to the patrol division. Deputy Chief Coil was a use of force instructor for 13 years, a member of the Macomb County SWAT team for four years, and spent ten years on the department's Honor Guard. In 2007, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, taking on the duties and responsibilities of a shift commander. In February 2015, he was promoted to the rank of captain, overseeing the daily operations of the entire police department. In March of 2015, Chief Shelide changed his title to deputy chief.
Deputy Chief Coil is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Staff and Command, Class 335. He attended Session 264 of the National FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, graduating in June 2016. In December 2017, Deputy Chief Coil completed Session 4 of the FLETC Homeland Security Leadership Academy in Glynco, Georgia.
Captain Jason Schmittler graduated from Central Michigan University in 2016 with a M.S.A. degree in public administration. He attended the Washtenaw Police Academy and joined the Shelby Township Police Department in April 1993. Captain Schmittler spent his first nine years assigned to the patrol division. During this time he was a field training officer, evidence technician, firearms instructor and member of the entry team. He was selected Officer of the Year twice and received the Honor Award for his service provided in the line of duty.
In 2002, Captain Schmittler was promoted to sergeant and assigned to the patrol division. In 2004, he was assigned to narcotics and led the drug team for the next ten years. The unit was recognized for over 1 000 arrests, $1,000,000 in forfeiture and the largest marijuana seizure in Macomb County. In addition to drug crime, Captain Schmittler commanded and investigated major cases. In 2014, he was promoted to Detective Lieutenant and was responsible for the daily operations of the Criminal Investigations Division. In addition, he was sworn in as a part time Task Force Officer for the Macomb FBI Violent Crime Task Force. During this time, Shelby Township Police Department added personnel to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Macomb Auto Theft Unit and established a cellular forensic lab to retrieve evidence crucial for prosecution. In September 2018, he was promoted to rank of Captain, overseeing the daily operations of the Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions.
Captain Schmittler is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Staff and Command, Class 335.