Lansing police chief announces retirement, acting chief named

Mayor Schor wishes Chief Yankowski good luck (Source LPD)
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LANSING, MI (WILX) - Lansing mayor, Andy Schor, has named Capt. Daryl Green as acting Lansing Police Chief effective Aug. 1 after Chief Yankowski announced his retirement on Tuesday.

“Chief Yankowski has demonstrated his passion for keeping the public safe through his excellent leadership of the department and countless hours dedicated to the well being of Lansing’s residents," Schor said in a press release. "His decision to focus on his family is commendable, and the residents of Lansing thank him for all that he has done for our city and community. I thank him and wish him the best in his retirement."

On the morning of July 9, Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski sent a letter to everyone at the LPD announcing his retirement, effective July 31.

He had been with the force since October 1994, and police chief for the past six years.

He thanked the men and women of the department for their devotion and service to the Capital City and for keeping this community safe.

He said it has been an honor to stand with them.

Captain Daryl Green has been with Lansing police since 1997 and currently leads the department’s Patrol Division unit.

Former Lansing mayor Virg Bernero issued a statement regarding the retirement of Yankowski as well.

He said, “Chief Mike Yankowski has been a great leader of LPD over many years, earning the respect and admiration of people from every corner of the city and from all walks of life. He served with distinction, integrity and valor, and helped move the Department and the city of Lansing forward by leaps and bounds. Mike was a key part of the team that stopped Lansing’s decline and began growing the city again. He made an indelible, positive mark on Michigan’s Capital City, ushering in numerous policing innovations, including the deployment of body-worn cameras, and leaves a powerful legacy as a nationally-respected leader with an unwavering commitment to diversity, community-oriented policing, and maintaining the highest standards of professional conduct in the Department. The citizens of Lansing are grateful to Chief Yankowski, as am I, for the many sacrifices he made in always putting the safety of Lansing residents first. I wish the Chief and his family all the best in the years ahead."

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