Chris began his police career as a Security Police Officer in Detroit, MI in 1984. In 1989 he started his public law enforcement career as a police officer with the Hazel Park Police Department. In 1990 he accepted an offer to work with the Royal Oak Police Department. After serving three years as a police officer, Chris was appointed as a Field Training Officer. In 1995 he was promoted to Detective and among his many investigations, had a number of cases involving convicted murderer, Jack Kevorkian. In 1998, Chris was promoted to Sergeant where he served both in patrol and Traffic Safety Unit. During this time, Chris frequently represented the police department when dealing with both print and television media. In 2003, Chris was appointed to Deputy Chief until 2009 when he was named Chief of Police, where he served until his retirement. As Chief, Chris regularly provided interviews to print, local and national television outlets.
He was retired for one day before starting his next venture in working for the Michigan Gaming Control Board as an Investigator/Manager and recently became the Manager for Michigan Department of State - Office of Investigative Services - Enforcement Division - Fraudulent Investigations Section.
During his tenure at Royal Oak, Chris has served as the PIO in many capacities, not only on daily activities but also for special events such as Woodward Dream Cruise, Arts Beats and Eats, Piston and Redwing celebrations. Chris also performed various functions during his time at Royal Oak Police Department; including F.T.O, F.T.O. Coordinator, Motor Officer, Bicycle Patrol Officer/Supervisor and background investigator. Chris also served as a Traffic Stop and Radar instructor for the Oakland Police Academy.
Chris has received many department awards including Purple Heart, Distinguished Service Award, four Meritorious Service Awards, Unit Citation Award and two-time recipient of Command Officer of the Year award. Chris has also received the Governor’s Award for Teamwork while working for MGCB.
Chris received his Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1983 and Master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1991. In addition, Chris is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University’s Staff and Command (89-2) and FBI National Academy (Session 227) where his focus was in Media Relations.
In addition to his achievements, Chris has served as President Oakland County Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Associates-Michigan Chapter: Executive Board (President elect): Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team Board of Directors, CLEMIS Strategic Planning Board. Published author in two international magazines, International Police Mountain Bike Association and The Mounted Officer (Harley Davidson Police Motorcycle Magazine), and currently holds the position as the Coordinator/Editor/Author of FBINAA-Michigan Chapter newsletter.
* Chief of Police, Royal Oak Police, Retired
* Michigan State University, Bachelor’s of Science
* Eastern Michigan University, Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Science
* Eastern Michigan University Staff and Command # 7
* FBI National Academy # 227
* Joined DeWolf & Associates in 2015