Association names Michigan Police Chief of the Year


James Carmody. Courtesy City of Wyoming

A police chief in the area has been recognized as the top police chief in Michigan for 2016 by a statewide association.

Wyoming Public Safety Director James Carmody received the Presidential Citation Award from the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, or MACP, at the nonprofit’s annual conference last month.

Carmody was recognized for his 42 years of service, as well as 24 years at the executive level. He has also been an active member of the MACP for 23 years.

“I can’t think of a greater honor than to be recognized by my peers,” Carmody said. “It has, and will continue to be, a team effort, as we work collectively to advance our communities and work to provide the best public safety services.”

“As a city, we are deeply honored to have Chief Carmody recognized by his peers as the top police chief in Michigan,” Wyoming City Manager Curtis Holt said. “He exemplifies professionalism and has a deep commitment to law enforcement, to his officers and staff and to all the residents of the City of Wyoming.”

James Carmody

Carmody began his career as a police officer in Port Huron in 1975, retiring from the force as a deputy chief, before moving to Wyoming as police chief. In 2013, he oversaw the creation of a joint Public Safety Department in Wyoming and was made public safety director with responsibilities for police and fire services in a city of nearly 75,000. He also works with the MACP Executive Development Program and has taught dozens of police training, management and leadership classes. He sits on the interview panel for Congressman Bill Huizenga, reviewing high school students who have applied for appointment to West Point, U.S. Naval Academy and the nation’s other military service academies.

Carmody received his bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and his master’s from the University of Michigan. He is also a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy.


Founded in 1924, MACP’s mission is to continually refine and improve police practices and criminal justice in the state of Michigan. The association relies on the combined expertise of its members to address specific law enforcement issues, sponsor seminars, create publications and several other activities.

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