Kalamazoo Public Safety

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Karianne Thomas addresses weekend protests during a Sunday news conference Photo by John McNeill, WMUK
John McNeill / WMUK

Kalamazoo will soon have a new Public Safety chief. City officials said Wednesday night that current Chief Karianne Thomas is retiring at the end of the month.

File photo of Law Enforcement During Proud Boys March in downtown Kalamazoo August 15, 2020
John McNeill / WMUK

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Karianne Thomas says the Proud Boys wanted to create a stir when they came to Kalamazoo last month, and “they did it.” 

File photo of Law Enforcement During Proud Boys March in downtown Kalamazoo August 15, 2020
John McNeill / WMUK

The disruptive visit by the Proud Boys this weekend was the focus of Tuesday night’s Kalamazoo City Commission meeting, with plenty of blame to go around, and promises that the mistakes made would not be repeated. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A Kalamazoo Public Safety officer was hurt and a suspect is dead after gunfire at a downtown business Tuesday afternoon, March 12.

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety

Kalamazoo will get its first female public safety chief later this month.

City officials say current Chief Jeff Hadley is leaving to become head of the Chatham County Police Department in Georgia. He'll be replaced by Karianne Thomas, who's now deputy chief of Kalamazoo's Public Safety Department.

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