• KDPS Chief Thomas to step down at end of September

    8 days ago - By Wood TV

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety's chief is stepping down at the end of September, the city says.
    Chief Karianne Thomas, who has been with the department for 27 years, will be stepping down Sept. 30. As of Oct. 1., Assistant Chief Vernon Coakley will take on the role as the department's chief.
    The city says Thomas has been eligible for full retirement since 2017. She will also receive a one year of severance pay, which is in her contract.
    “I'm truly honored to have served the Kalamazoo community and its amazing residents for 27 years,” Thomas said in a...
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