Chief Karianne Thomas and Five New Public Safety Officers to be Sworn In At December 18 City Commission Meeting

The December 18 City Commission meeting will start with an Oath of Office Ceremony for five new Public Safety Officers and Public Safety Chief Karianne Thomas. Chief Thomas will introduce the five new Officers to take their oaths and then be ceremonially sworn-in herself.

Public Safety Officers Allison Baker, Eric Epps, Max Koch, Mike O’Strander and Davion Phillips were hired by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety in May 2017. They attended the fire and medical first responder academies and graduated from Kalamazoo Valley Community College earlier this month. They will begin serving our community in January 2018.

Chief Thomas was appointed to lead the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety following the departure of Chief Jeff Hadley in November. She is a 23-year veteran of the department, previously holding the rank of Deputy Chief.

The City Commission meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 241 West South Street. A reception will be held in the atrium of City Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. and continuing after the conclusion of the meeting. Refreshments will be provided. 

Dr. Lewis Walker Social Justice Youth Award Nominations Accepted through January 2, 2018

The City of Kalamazoo is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Dr. Lewis Walker Social Justice Youth Awards.  As part of the citywide MLK Day of Service, awards will be given to students between the ages of 12-19 from the Kalamazoo area in honor of Dr. Lewis Walker, a trailblazer for the progression of racial equity in Kalamazoo.

The winners will have demonstrated achievements in racial justice, community service, volunteerism, and leadership.  They will receive a community service award, a $200 monetary award, and a one year membership to the NAACP.

A total of four students will be recognized for their efforts. Three additional awards are presented by each of the program’s sponsors, Life EMS, Schupan & Sons, and Fifth Third Bank.

The winners will be recognized during the City Commission meeting on Tuesday, January 17, 2018 in the City Commission Chambers located at 241 W. South Street at 7:00 p.m.  Nominations are due by Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Nominations can be submitted online at Paper applications are also available from the City Manager’s Office at City Hall. If you need assistance, please contact (269) 337-8047. More information is available at


Residents Reminded to Drive Cautiously and Observe Parking Restrictions Ahead of Snowfall

As the first snow storm of this winter season approaches West Michigan, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety would like to provide a couple of reminders:

  • Icy and snowy road conditions can be very dangerous and require slower speeds and increased distance between vehicles, regardless if your vehicle is equipped with four wheel drive.
  • Cautionary driving is especially important during the first snow of the winter season, as motorists are comfortable with driving on favorable road conditions. As a result, police departments across West Michigan respond to an increased number of vehicle accidents during this transition period.

Residents and visitors to the City are also reminded to observe on-street parking restrictions to assist with snow removal on city streets. On-street parking is not permitted between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. unless otherwise posted.

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