Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Information reprinted with permission from City of Troy
Chief Mayer graduated from the Macomb Police Academy and served as a Police Officer for the City of Grosse Pointe Farms before joining the Troy Police Department in 1979, where he was also a member of the Special Response and Directed Patrol Units. Promoted to sergeant in 1987; he served as both a patrol and detective sergeant, was on the Tactical Support and Southeast Oakland Curtail Auto Theft and Narcotics Enforcement Teams, and in charge of the Special Response Unit. In 1988, Gary Mayer was honored as Police Officer of the Year for activities involving the Curtail Auto Theft Unit. He advanced to Lieutenant in 1992, where he commanded patrol shifts and the Staff Inspections Section; then added the Investigations and Support Divisions to his credentials when he was promoted to captain in 1995. After serving as Deputy Chief of Police for two years, Gary G. Mayer was appointed the 6th Chief of Police for the city of Troy on April 6, 2009.
With an impressive police career already under his belt; Chief Mayer also earned a B.S. in criminal justice from Wayne State University in 1993; graduated from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in 1994; secured an M.L.S. degree with a concentration in public administration from Eastern Michigan University in 1999; and graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2001.
In 2014, the City of Troy was ranked 1st in Michigan and 35th in America as the overall safest city (regardless of population size) by CQ Press; and despite significant population growth over the past ten years, crime in Troy has trended down. Chief Mayer credits The Troy Police Department’s problem solving approach of prevention, education, detection and enforcement to their continued success.
Chief Mayer’s numerous professional affiliations include: Troy Community Coalition-Executive Board Member; FBI National Academy Associates – Michigan Chapter President; Oakland County Association of Chiefs of Police-Sergeant at Arms; CLEMIS Advisory and Oakland County Grant Allocation Committee-Voting Member; Oakland County Tactical Response Coordinating Group- Co-Chair; Troy Community Coalition 2006 & 2007-Past President; CLEMIS OakWin Policy and CLEMIS Computer Aided Dispatch Committee-Past Chairman; and Member of both the International and Michigan Associations of Chiefs of Police.
To commemorate the City of Troy’s 60th Anniversary in 2015, we will publish a different story each day that highlights a person, discovery, or event that occurred locally, regionally, nationally, or even globally between 1955 and 2015 and that helped shape our lives and our community. We will try to post stories on important anniversary dates, but we also realize that dates are less critical than content and context. We will include the facts related to controversial stories, allowing our readers to form their own opinions. We invite you to read and comment on the stories. Your suggestions for topics are also welcome and can be posted on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TroyHistoricVillage. You can also email stories or ideas to the 365 Story Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.