Ludington hires Manistee chief to head LPD.

March 20, 2020

Timothy Kozal – MCP file photo.

Ludington hires Manistee chief to head LPD.

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

LUDINGTON — The City of Ludington has hired Timothy Kozal as its new police chief. Kozal has served for the past three years as public safety director for the City of Manistee. He will replace Mark Barnett who has served as Ludington police chief for 19 years and will be retiring the end of April.

Kozal, 52, who was selected among 13 applicants, had previously served as director of public safety in Edwardsburg. Prior to that he worked for the Kalamazoo Department of Safety for 22 years. A department of safety includes police and fire departments.

Chief Mark Barnett

Kozal and his wife have two adult daughters.

“Tim will be following in the footsteps of Mark Barnett, who has made a tremendous impact in our community,” City Manager Mitch Foster said. “I know that Tim is committed to keeping Mark’s legacy going.”

Foster said of the 13 candidates, one candidate was a current employee of Ludington Police Department. Another was a retired employee.

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