EAST LANSING, Mich. – East Lansing Police Chief Juli Liebler has announced that she will be retiring at the end of June following 28 years of dedicated service to the City of East Lansing.
Chief Liebler joined the City of East Lansing in 1987, serving as a parking enforcement officer with Parking & Code Enforcement (PACE) for a year before being sworn-in as a police officer with the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) in November 1989.
During her service with ELPD, Liebler’s hard work and professionalism has resulted in several promotions. She became an undercover narcotics officer in November 1992, a sergeant in March 1994, a lieutenant in October 1998, a captain in September 2000 and deputy chief in August 2006. In November 2010, Liebler became ELPD’s interim chief and, following a competitive search, she was appointed chief of ELPD in March 2011.
Among her many achievements while serving with ELPD, Liebler has managed the tactical operations of large scale civil disturbances, implemented operational efficiencies within the department, worked collaboratively with community groups and organizations, fostered productive and collaborative relationships with employees, developed a student cadet program and more.
“In her time with the City of East Lansing, Chief Liebler has been a consummate professional and a highly respected leader,” said East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas. “It has been a pleasure to work alongside her all of these years. She has helped to make the East Lansing Police Department what it is today and will be greatly missed by her fellow officers and colleagues.”
As it is in most communities, the position of chief of police is viewed as extremely important in the City of East Lansing. The city manager will be consulting with members of the East Lansing City Council prior to finalizing a plan to fill this important position. More information will be released as it becomes available.