News worth knowing - we'll help you tell the story

Keeping the media informed helps tell the news of Northville – whether it's a new program or service, a special event, or a leader who is doing something special for the City or the community. 

When we send out press releases, we will also post them here, along with available photos for the media's use. 

Media contact is Liz Cezat. By phone: 248-305-2703.

City of Northville welcomes new police chief


Jan. 242019 

Northville…Former Wayne Police Chief Alan Maciag has joined the Northville Police Department as police chief, leading a full force of 13 officers in a city of 6,000 residents known for its Victorian charm, Historic District, Downtown Business District, and well-kept neighborhoods.

He began his new post in Northville right after Christmas. It’s a role he says he couldn’t pass up based on the City’s reputation for having a respected, community-focused police department.
“The tradition of respect, integrity and service is part of the culture of Northville’s Police Department and those are traits that I live by,” he said.

Maciag started his career at the Wayne Police Dept. nearly 21 years ago and rose to become police chief. He was named Wayne’s Police Officer of the Year in 2001. He earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University; an M.A. in Criminology from Eastern Michigan University and graduated from the FBI National Academy (251st session) in Quantico, VA. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

“Alan Maciag has an impressive background in terms of his training and professionalism. We think he’ll be a great fit for the department and the community,” said City Manager Pat Sullivan.

Small-town policing in Maciag’s view means “being an integral part of the community, knowing the business owners and the residents, and knowing what issues are taking place in the community.”

In a compact city of 2.2 square miles, he is sure to become a familiar figure. He is eager to police events that draw residents and visitors alike to the streets of downtown – such as the Heritage Festival in September and Skeletons are Alive throughout October.
Maciag knows the former police chief (Mike Carlson, who retired in July 2018) and the two often compared notes on each City’s policing challenges and best practices.

Despite disturbing national trends of rampage shootings, opioid overdoses and property crime, Maciag is optimistic about police work. “We need to talk about crime with the community, look at policies within the department, and prevent and respond,” he said. "The community is our biggest ally. They should know what’s going on in Police Department operations and about crime trends.”

He likes to “be hands-on and get out there with the officers, and become integrated with the community as much as possible,” he said. “Having a great line of communication helps solve problems and combats crime.”

When he’s not working, he likes to do DIY projects at his home in Grass Lake, work on cars, and golf. He is married to June and they have two sons: Jacob, 24, and Alex, who died in 2017 at age 21. Maciag is dedicating his second career, in Northville, to Alex because he always wanted to be a police officer.

City of Northville takes legal action to halt razing historic school

Nov. 10, 2018 


City of Northville seeks injunction to prevent demolition of Main Street School prior to a hearing by Historic District Commission 

Northville, MI ... The City of Northville brought legal action against Northville Public Schools on Nov. 9, 2018, seeking an injunction to prevent demolition of the Main StrMain Street Schooleet School. This action was taken to allow the Historic District Commission to hold a hearing to determine whether Main Street School should be demolished. 

Main Street School
, 501 W. Main, sits in the middle of the City’s Historic District. It was built in 1939 and designed by Maynard Lyndon. It is considered the first mid-century modern school building in the country. 

he action seeks to enforce an ordinance that requires the owner to obtain a permit prior to the demolition of any structure in the Historic District, which requires holding a hearing in front of the Commission. The School District claims they are exempt from this requirement. The City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance, as authorized by the Michigan Historic Preservation Act, requires that any demolition in the Historic District be approved by the Historic District Commission. 

The City is not taking a position on whether Main Street School should be demolished, nor is it taking a position at this time about whether the District’s proposed construction should be allowed.  

“The City is not voicing an opinion on whether the building should stay or go, but we are requesting that the District follow the same rules that our residents follow, which require them to seek HDC approval,” said Northville Mayor Ken Roth, speaking on behalf of City Council.  

The School District argues that state law exempts the district from the Historic Preservation Ordinance. They cite a statute, case law and a Michigan attorney general’s opinion that preempt local regulation of “construction, reconstruction, or remodeling of school buildings used for instructional or non-instructional school purposes.” The City’s position is that demolishing a building in a historic district for the purpose of selling the land to a private developer to build four single family homes is not exempt from the State Historic Preservation Act and the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance. 

The City has taken many steps to avoid litigating this issue. Its last recourse has been to file a lawsuit. The City has offered many alternatives to the District, all of which would have avoided protracted litigation. All of those offers were refused. The City remains open to alternative means to settle this matter and wants to see it resolved without protracted litigation.