Robert W. Mendham
Candidate for Michigan State Representative, District 86.
12810 Isle Royale Drive
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Dewitt, MI 48820
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I reside in the County of: Clinton
Phone: (517) 669-0133
Fax: (517) 669-0133
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Endorsed on: 05-21-2001 for the 06-05-2001 Special Election
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Why are you running for this office?
First, I am a public servant, not a politician. I began my career in public service in 1976, working for the Troy, Michigan police department. In 1977 I left the Troy Police Department and went to work for the Pontiac, Michigan police
department. All during this time I had my sights set on becoming a state trooper. In 1978 I successfully interviewed and was selected for the Michigan State Police basic recruit training school. I graduated in the top 1% of my class after a grueling
four month aining academy. I spent seven years working as a uniformed trooper, and was then selected for a detective trooper position, assigned to an undercover drug enforcement team in metro Detroit. After three years working undercover, I was
promoted to sergeant and reassigned to a rural post in Northern Michigan.
While in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula, I was active in my community, participating in and assisting to develop a community wide team of volunteers from Community Mental Health, city, county, and state law enforcement agencies, fire service and
ambulance personnel. This volunteer team was put in place to respond to the scene of any major disaster to assist the public service personnel in dealing with the emotional impact of our extremely stressful profession. This team still operates today
and is very effective.
I was also instrumental in recruiting and obtaining training for 22 volunteers to create a volunteer fire department for our community. Until this time, we relied entirely on surrounding communities for fire protection. As our community grew, we knew
that we had to take action to provide better protection. We obtained almost all of our equipment and even built a fire station with donations from the community.
I am interested in this state representative seat because I am a true, dedicated, public servant. I was forced to retire from the Michigan State Police after being seriously injured in an accident. I was no longer able to perform as an enlisted officer
without jeopardizing the safety of my fellow officers, so I reluctantly accepted a medical retirement.
For the past 25 years of my life, I willingly put my life on the line every day because I love my state and I wanted to serve. Now, I believe that even though I was forced to step out of one position that allowed me to serve my community, this election
is an opportunity for me to continue serving in another capacity.