Labor Rep. ‘will be truly missed,’ remembered for 3 decades of service
Posted by: jgomori Posted date: August 16, 2022
By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor
The POLC regrets to announce the passing of Labor Representative Hal Telling and extends our deepest condolences to his family.
Hal passed away from a medical condition Aug. 15, 2022.
“We have lost a great employee but, more importantly, a great person and family man,” said POLC/GELC Director Rob Figurski. “He will be truly missed.”
Hal’s unwavering dedication to Union members was evident. He represented the Union for over three decades in various positions. His extensive law enforcement labor background came full circle when Hal was hired as a Labor Representative in January 2015.
Telling began his law enforcement career with Genesee County Sheriff’s Department in 1982, where he served on the Local Union Executive Board. While still serving at the Sheriff’s Department, he became a part-time City of Flushing Police Officer in 1983. In 1985, he became a full-time Flushing Police Officer and was elected as Alternate Steward for the POLC bargaining unit and Chief Negotiator of contracts in 1988. He also served as President of the Local Union.
From 1987-89, Telling also worked as a part-time Patrol Officer and High School Resource Officer for Mt. Morris Township (another POLC unit).
He served the City of Flushing as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Sergeant, and Acting Chief before retiring as a Detective Sergeant in 2011. Prior to becoming a POLC/GELC Labor Rep., Telling served as a 67th District Court Officer in Flushing from 2011 to 2014 and worked part-time for Genesee County Parks Department.
Hal is survived by his wife, Kelly; children, Zachary and Alyssa (Cody Damon); and grandson, Parker. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts during this difficult time.
A memorial service was held Aug. 20 at Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Rd., Flint, MI 48507. Please click on Telling’s obituary below to share your condolences.