Chief Timothy Kozal is currently in his 33rd year in Law Enforcement serving as Public Safety Director for the City of Muskegon. Prior to Muskegon, he served as Police Chief in Ludington, Manistee and Edwardsburg, Michigan. Chief Kozal retired from Kalamazoo Department Public Safety. Chief Kozal spent 22 years on the KDPS tactical team leading the team for the last five years. Chief Kozal spearheaded the merging of SWAT teams with KDPS to form a cohesive Metro Swat Team consisting of Portage Police, Kalamazoo County Sheriff, Western Michigan University Police and Kalamazoo Township Police. Chief Kozal Spent 7 ½ years on the multi-jurisdictional drug team where more than 6,000 cases were initiated resulting in the eradication of over $18 million in illicit drugs. Chief Kozal is the president of the Law Enforcement Thermographer’s Association. Chief Kozal also sits on serval boards and commissions that includes the Michigan Municipal League Law Enforcement Action Forum.
Chief Kozal duties include defining the vision, developing the strategies and goals, coordinating, planning, supervising and evaluating the Muskegon Police, Fire and Buildings department operations. These duties also include preparing and monitoring department budget and purchases. Chief Kozal has oversite of hiring and evaluation of discipline of department personnel. Chief Kozal values diversity, equity and inclusion and the promotion of transparent community relations with commercial and business groups, neighborhood organizations and constituents of the community.
Chief Kozal is a Sienna Heights University graduate. He received his Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2001 with emphasis on law enforcement and public service administration.
Chief Kozal has family ties to the Muskegon area. He plan’s on being out in the community, listening and getting to know the heartbeat of Muskegon.