Meet the Chief

Meet the Chief

  The Grand Ledge Police Department is proud to serve such an exciting and friendly community. Grand Ledge is recognized as one of the safest cities in the area and continues to be recognized as a leader in innovative law enforcement. Each and every one of us can be proud of these accomplishments. The hard work of the police officers and the citizens alike have made this possible.

The City of Grand Ledge welcomed new Police Chief Thomas Osterholzer at the Monday, October 8, 2018, City Council meeting following recommendations from City Administrator Adam Smith. Chief Osterholzer brings decades of law enforcement experience from serving more than 27 years with the City of Burton’s Police Department in Genesee County, with the last seven years spent as Chief of Police. Additionally, in the last 14 years, Chief Osterholzer has gained progressive administration and management experience. A veteran of the United States Army, Chief Osterholzer has a Criminal Justice degree from Ferris State University and has completed numerous training regiments. Chief Osterholzer fills a vacancy left with the retirement in August of Chief Martin Underhill.

 “Through a rigorous interview process, it was clear that Chief Osterholzer would be a natural fit for Grand Ledge bringing a tremendous amount of experience from leading his former team in the second largest city in Genesee County,” said City Administrator Smith. “Chief Osterholzer brings with him great experience in helping police and community work together. Our city is fortunate to have Chief Osterholzer lead us forward.”

 “I’m excited to be a part of the Grand Ledge community,” remarked Chief “O”, a nickname he welcomes from anyone apprehensive about saying his full last name. Chief “O” joins the department staff located at 310 Greenwood Street in City Hall. The Grand Ledge Police Department operates 24/7 with 14 full-time and several part-time officers dedicated to serving the Grand Ledge community.