Department of Public Safety

William Gutzwiller, Sr. – Director

1107 Woodside Avenue
Essexville, MI  48732
Phone: (989) 892-2541 (non-emergency)
Emergency Call 911
Fax:  (989) 892-3452

Email the Director

Note: All correspondence, such as emails, faxes or letters, sent to City staff or officials is considered a public record and available for public and media review.

Department Responsibilities and Personnel

Department Responsibilities and Personnel

The primary mission of the Department of Public Safety falls into three areas of responsibility; Police, Fire, and Emergency medical response.  The Department delivers these emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days per year.

Full Time Sworn Public Safety Officers

The Department of Public Safety is staffed with a director, one lieutenant, one sergeant, one corporal/fire inspector, and three full time Public Safety Officers.  Each of these full-time employees are certified as Police Officers, Firefighters, and Medical First Responders.  The staff is split between two shifts. The first shift is between 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. The second shift is between 6 p.m. – 6 a.m. 

Part Paid Fire and Emergency Medical Personnel

There are presently 15 part-paid firefighter positions within the Department of Public Safety led by our fire chief John Kustuch. These part-time employees are on call to answer fire and medical emergencies in the City of Essexville. They are certified through the State of Michigan as Firefighters and Medical First Responders.


Vacation House Watch
: Home owners who wish to advise the Department of Public Safety that  they will be on vacation for an extended period of time may obtain a form by using the links below.   The form should be submitted prior to leaving on vacation and may be mailed, emailed to the Director, delivered to City Hall or placed in the drop box at City Hall.