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Bob Houhanisin named Farmington Public Safety Director

Bob Houhanisin was sworn in tonight at the Farmington City Council Meeting as the City’s new Public Safety Director. City Clerk Mary Mullison administered the oath of office.
One of Director Houhanisin’s top priorities is to bring the Farmington Public Safety Department up to full staff “ASAP”. He also plans to enhance the department’s transparency, as well as community involvement.

An 18-year member of the Farmington Public Safety Department, Director Houhanisin most recently served as Deputy Director for nearly two years. He said he’s always liked the small-town feel of this community.

“The city truly has a family appeal and atmosphere,” he said. “I truly enjoy interacting with the residents and business members here.”

City Manager David Murphy says he is looking forward to working with Director Houhanisin. “He is a highly-trained and dedicated professional.”

Director Houhanisin started his public safety career in 1995 with the Brighton Fire Department as a firefighter. He was there 15 years, retiring as a lieutenant. His first full-time police job was with the Village of Pinckney after graduating from police academy. He was there two years before coming to Farmington.

It was 2004 when Director Houhanisin was hired by Farmington Public Safety. He was promoted to sergeant in 2009; and then commander in 2014. In 2021, he was named Deputy Director. “I am fortunate to work with a consummate group of professionals who put the citizens first and treat each other with kindness and respect,” he said of Farmington.

Director Houhanisin is a graduate of Western Michigan University; he holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He has a master’s from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in technology management with an emphasis on homeland security; and is a graduate EMU’s 33 class of Staff and Command.

Outside of work, Director Houhanisin is a musician and avid wood worker. He has a beautiful family.




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