KPEP is privileged to have tremendous board leadership. Members represent law enforcement, the legal profession, corrections, the judiciary and the business community. All bring unique insight and strong leadership to our team.
This past year, we said farewell to two valued board members: Retired Kalamazoo Township Police Chief Tim Bourgeois and Deputy Chief of Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Donald Webster. We thank them both for their service to KPEP and to our community.
This quarter, we welcomed two new board members: Township of Kalamazoo Police Chief Bryan Ergang and Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Karianne Thomas. We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce them.
On December 15, 2017 Bryan Ergang was sworn in as Chief of Police for the Township of Kalamazoo. Chief Ergang was promoted to replace retiring Chief of Police Timothy Bourgeois.
Chief Ergang began his tenure with the department as a patrol officer in February of 1995. He has also served as a shift supervisor, sergeant of the community policing unit, dispatch supervisor, field training officer and defensive tactics instructor.
Chief Ergang earned an Associate’s Degree from Grand Rapids Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree from Siena Heights College, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University and is a graduate of Class 259 of the prestigious FBI National Academy.
Chief Karianne Thomas is a 24-year veteran of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and has filled integral roles at both KDPS and in administration for the City of Kalamazoo.
Her career at KDPS has included serving as a public safety officer, crime lab technician, detective bureau sergeant, drug enforcement officer and inspector in the Office of Professional Standards. She has also been personally involved in hiring over half of the Public Safety Department’s current sworn officers and served as interim human resources director for the City of Kalamazoo.
While at KDPS, Chief Thomas has received nine commendations from four different Public Safety Chiefs. In 2015, she was recognized by the Kalamazoo YWCA as a Woman of Achievement.
Chief Thomas graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and from Ferris State University with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. She attended the FBI National Academy in 2014 and is a veteran of the United States Army where she attained the rank of Captain. She is married with two adult children.
The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is the country’s largest combined public safety organization. Chief Thomas’ appointment to the position of Public Safety Chief marked the first time a woman has held the position in Kalamazoo.
We thank Chief Ergang and Chief Thomas for serving our community – both in their respective public safety departments and on our board – and we look forward to working with them in the months ahead.