The City of East Lansing is close to naming in a new chief of police. Former Chief Tom Wibert left at the end of October of 2010 to become chief of police in New Braunfels, Texas. Deputy Chief Juli Liebler has headed the department since then. She is listed as one of the four finalist for the permanent position, although in November News 10 was told she was not a candidate.
Below is the press release from the City of East Lansing including the biographies of the four finalists for East Lansing Police chief.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The City of East Lansing has narrowed its search for a new Chief of Police down to four final candidates. East Lansing City Manager Ted Staton anticipates that an announcement will be made near the end of next week.
The finalists were selected from a pool of 32 candidates. Seven semi-finalists were interviewed by a citizen's panel on Wednesday, March 2 and narrowed down to four finalists today.
The final four candidates are:
Victor Lauria - Victor Lauria is the Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Novi, a position he has served in since 2009. He has been with the Novi Police Department in various capacities since 1988. In his tenure with the Novi Police Department, Lauria has been responsible for oversight and management of an $8.6 million police operations budget and 60 patrol, investigations and special assignment personnel. Lauria has also been a key member of the City of Novi's administrative staff and has taken a proactive approach to engage the citizenry and build community relations. Lauria recently managed a comprehensive public safety study for the City of Novi, which resulted in increased efficiency, effectiveness and improved delivery of services to the Novi community.
Juli Liebler - Juli Liebler currently serves as Deputy Chief of Police for the City of East Lansing, a position she has held since 2006. She has served in various capacities with the East Lansing Police Department since 1987. In her tenure with the East Lansing Police Department, Liebler has worked collaboratively with various community groups and organizations. She has also actively participated in developing and achieving the goals and objectives related to the City's Strategic Priorities; fostered productive and collaborative relationships with employees and labor unions; and performed a variety of financial functions for the department, including implementing operational efficiencies and preparing/overseeing the department's annual budget.
Allan Spyke - Allan Spyke is the Undersheriff for the Ingham County Sheriff's Office, a position he has held since 2007. He has served in various capacities with the Ingham County Sheriff's Office since 1987. Spyke has 33 years of law enforcement experience and has more than 16 years of administrative experience in law enforcement operations, personnel and asset management, budgeting, strategic planning and labor and community relations. As Undersheriff, Spyke has been the second in command and Chief of Staff for 180 employees and has been responsible for preparation and allocation of a $19,000,000 budget for countywide law enforcement and corrections services.
Anthony Kleibecker - Anthony Kleibecker has served as the Director of Public Safety for the City of Muskegon since 2004. As such, Kleibecker continues to serve as Muskegon's Chief of Police (a position he has held since 2000), while also assuming direct oversight of the Muskegon Fire Department and the Building Inspection Department. In his tenure as Chief of Police, Kleibecker has overseen the operation of an agency consisting of 79 sworn personnel and 18 non-sworn personnel, providing services to a community of 40,000 people. Prior to his service with the City of Muskegon, Kleibecker served in various capacities with the Michigan State University Department of Police and Public Safety from 1975-2000. In his career at MSU, Kleibecker represented the department in the university's partnership with the City of East Lansing to improve student-resident relationships.