As you may know, I have announced my retirement after 22 years as the Auburn Hills Chief of Police. It has been my honor to lead the men and women of the Auburn HIlls Police Department. They are an amazing group of people who go into the community every day and do their best to create a safe and secure life for our residents and visitors. This is a small town but one in which there are significant challenges for the police. We are not immune to all of the societal issues around us: drugs, guns, sexual crimes, fraud, domestic assault. They are all there. The challenge is what we do about them.
We have long prided ourselves on being progressive and adopting new methods and the best practices of our profession to improve service to the community. One of the outcomes we are most proud of is the city’s 2016 survey of its residential and business community in which we were rated 2nd among all city services in both categories.
Nonetheless, now the time has come for me to say goodbye. I am retiring as of June 1st. The city has identified a candidate to replace me: Chief Jeff Baker of the Port Huron Police Department. He has some final steps to complete before receiving a final offer to become the chief. The process is extensive because, despite being the chief, he is still a police officer and the state requires certain things for all police officers. Port Huron is an excellent department with much the same structure as AHPD and national accreditation under the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) so you can look for more good things in the future. The transition will be smooth with no change in the services you value from the AHPD.
You will have a couple of opportunities to meet him: next Wednesday, April 11 at City hall from 6pm to 8 pm and at the City’s Open House for me on Tuesday, May 29 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Public Safety Building. Both are open to the public so I hope you will come by to say goodbye to me and hello to Chief Baker.
As for me – I look forward to a new adventure. With my husband, we plan some travel and more time with our family and young granddaughter. We are planning new things to learn in areas of our life that have nothing to do with policing – for the first time since I committed to this profession as a college student back at Michigan State University in 1972.
Thank you to this great community and the members of the AHPD for such a wonderful opportunity to serve here.