Gerard Scherlinck

Advisor/Adjunct Instructor

Professional activities and areas of interest

Mr. Scherlinck began his career at Ferris State University as a faculty/advisor in January 2017. In addition to his experience at Ferris, Mr. Scherlinck has thirty years of public safety experience, including over twenty-six years with the City of Troy Police Department, where he held positions in virtually every area of a large municipal police operation. He retired as a captain, which is second in command to the chief of police. He then served the City of Milan as both chief of police and city administrator. While serving in Milan he was awarded Police Administrator of the Year in Michigan. During his tenure at the City of Troy Police Department, as well as the City of Milan, especially in middle and executive level management positions, he was responsible for and has extensive experience in research, development, and implementation of best practices, tactics, policy and procedure, internal affairs, human resources, civil litigation, and change management. Understanding that the field of criminal justice is critical to our society’s safety, stability, and security, Mr. Scherlinck is dedicated to sharing his educational and professional experience to equip future practitioners with the skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary to excel in this field.

Professional Experience:

  • Ferris State University, Faculty/Advisor, 2017
  • Police Chief, City of Milan, 2012-2015
  • City Administrator, City of Milan, 2014
  • Captain, City of Troy Police Department, 2008-2012
  • Lieutenant, City of Troy Police Department, 1995-2008
  • Sergeant, City of Troy Police Department, 1992-1995
  • Police Officer, 1986-1992
  • Firefighter/EMS, City of Pontiac, 1985-1986


Eastern Michigan University, Master of Liberal Studies – Interdisciplinary Technology, Concentration in Police Administration and Technology Management

Wayne State University, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice, School of Criminal Justice