City Appoints Captain Richmond to Serve as Interim Police Chief

June 12, 2023

City Appoints Captain Richmond to Serve as Interim Police Chief
Captain Richmond Assumes Role July 1, 2023

The City of Traverse City has appointed Captain Matthew Richmond to assume the Interim Police Chief role upon Chief Jeffery O’Brien’s retirement. O’Brien has been with the Traverse City Police Department (TCPD) since 1991, assuming the role of Police Chief in 2015. He announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2023, in February 2023. Captain Richmond will assume the role of Interim Police Chief on July 1, 2023.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the men and women of the Traverse City Police Department. As we move forward, the Traverse City Police Department will be committed to the community policing philosophies established throughout years past. We will strive to build stronger partnerships throughout our community and look for ways to improve upon our successes and failures, all to provide the best workplace for our department members and the best service for the citizens of Traverse City. In final, I would like to thank the many people throughout my career and life that have mentored and helped me get to this point, but I owe the greatest thanks to my wife, Kelly, and three daughters, Lauren, Marley, and Sidney, for their sacrifices; without them, I wouldn't be where I am today," said Captain Richmond.

Captain Richmond began his career with the City in 2004. He has been assigned as a Detective, promoted to Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant, and most recently Captain of Patrol Services in 2023. Richmond has also served as the School Resource Officer at Central High School, Crime Scene Technician, Interdiction Team Leader, and a Motor Cycle Officer. He holds a Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership degree.

“With his vast experience serving in several positions, Captain Richmond is prepared to take on the role of Interim Chief. He has demonstrated he can solve problems, take on the work that has to be performed and has the leadership skills necessary to carry on our Community Policing Initiatives,’ stated Chief O’Brien.

During his tenure, Chief O’Brien focused his efforts on the 6 pillars of 21st Century Policing: Building Trust and Legitimacy, Policy and Oversight, Technology and Social Media, Community Policing and Crime Reduction, Officer Training and Education, and Officer Safety and Wellness. He was instrumental in the City’s Community Policing Program. Under his leadership, a LGBTQ+ Liaison Officer was assigned, and a Police Social Worker was hired to develop a Quick Response Team that focuses on mental health and overdose prevention. In addition, O’Brien worked closely with various outreach programs surrounding homelessness. He obtained his Master's Degrees in Management and Organizational Leadership. In 2021, the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police presented an award to the TCPD for accreditation from the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.

“In my time at the City, I have been fortunate to witness the positive impacts that Chief O’Brien has had within the Traverse City Police Department. His service and dedication is very much appreciated. On behalf of the staff, it has been an honor and privilege to work alongside Chief O’Brien. We wish him the best on his retirement,” said Nate Geinzer, Interim City Manager.