Crime Prevention/Community Organizer
Mary Bueche has been active in the greater Grand Rapids community for over 30 years. Her work in community activism began when she co-founded the Alger Heights Neighborhood Association in the late 70’s. While part of the Alger Heights Neighborhood Association she was instrumental in organizing efforts to preserve the green space near Kalamazoo and 28th Street now known as McKay Park. Mary’s longest standing position in community organizing was at the Creston Neighborhood Association where she developed, organized, and led the crime prevention program for 23 years. Currently, she is working with the JBAN Crime Prevention program.
Marie has lived on the Westside for almost 20 years. Her Grandparents lived on the Westside from 1942-1992 and she visited them for many years. Since their passing Marie purchased their home to preserve it from becoming rental property and to protect their home they kept nice for many years. Marie has been involved with John Ball Park Community Association for almost 15 years. She has been their Secretary, helped organize the Sale at Lincoln Park and the Arts and Craft Fair held annually at John Ball Park and other Neighborhood events. She has also assisted with park clean ups and the Easter Egg Hunts held yearly at John Ball Park. Marie has also worked at a Union Shop and was the Secretary for 8 years and then the President of the local for 4 years. She helped organize Christmas Parties, Company picnics, employee appreciation, etc. The shop had at least 14 different nationalities employed there which led to a lot of issues. She has always enjoyed helping other and cares about people and her community. Currently, she is working with the John Ball Area Neighbors as the Community Organizer. Marie’s favorite thing about JBAN is being able to help people who need it and make a positive impact on our neighborhood.
Officer Tom Warwick
Community Police Officer
Tom started at the GRPD in 2006, working out in the East Service Area. He spent a little over a year there before moving to the West service area. Prior to working for the GRPD, he also worked for the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department in a variety of capacities, both on the road and in the courthouse. While at the GRPD, Tom attended the Leadership Institute and also the Field Training Officer School.
Tom has been promoted to Sargent! Soon we will have the new Community Officer posted here.