Kalamazoo Public Safety

Former financial services manager Ryan Tibbets has been promoted to assistant chief of fire and administration, but will still help with finances. The department is eliminating the financial manager position in next year’s budget.

Eric Zapata was killed in the line of duty in 2011

Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley says ACLU study's findings are worthy of examination and discussion

Eric Zapata was shot and killed in the line of duty in April of 2011.


Interstate 94 in Kalamazoo County is just a step away from being renamed in honor of a public safety officer killed in the line of duty. State lawmakers have approved a bill to call the 25-mile stretch of freeway the "Officer Eric Zapata Memorial Highway".

Zapata was a Kalamazoo Public Safety officer who was killed while investigating reports of shots fired in the Edison neighborhood in April 2011.