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Posted on: June 10, 2021

Captain Thomas Goralski selected to be next leader of the Livonia Police Department

Chief Caid and Captain Goralski

After 10 years as Chief of Police and a 42-year career with the Livonia Police Department, Chief Curtis Caid is announcing h­­is upcoming retirement.

“It’s been a true honor to serve the Livonia community for over four decades,” said Caid. “In my time as Police Chief, I have witnessed the incredible commitment of service by many elected leaders, fellow City department heads and leaders in this community.”

“As for the sworn and civilian members of the Livonia Police Department,” Caid added, “I could not be more proud of each of them and their families. They are an amazing group of compassionate professionals dedicated to serve and protect while ensuring Livonia remains a safe community to live, work and play in. Tragically, this commitment comes at a cost. Livonia has lost four police officers in the line of duty, and we must always remember their sacrifice and service in keeping Livonia a Families First community.”

“Chief Caid will be retiring after 10 years of inspired leadership and a career of dedicated service for our community,” said Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan. “I am extremely grateful for his work in keeping Livonia safe while tackling new challenges such as the new Crisis Support Team, which adds social workers to assist police in mental health crises.”

Mayor Brosnan is excited to announce Livonia Police Captain Thomas Goralski has been selected to be the next Chief of Police, effective in January 2022.

With the recent retirements of Police Captains Ron Taig and Daniel McKeon, who had 68 years of combined leadership experience, Mayor Brosnan has implemented an intentionally extended transition plan. Chief Caid’s retirement will be effective Jan 1, 2022, at which point Capt. Goralski will be promoted to Chief of Police. Until then, any time that Chief Caid is out of the office, Goralski will serve as Acting Chief of Police.

“As incoming chief, Capt. Goralski is a respected leader whose experience is key in this transition,” said Mayor Brosnan. “Capt. Goralski will continue our Police Department’s track record of exceptional leadership. As a longtime Livonia resident, Capt. Goralski is intimately familiar with our community and how essential the Police Department is to our community’s success.”

“I am honored to have Mayor Brosnan’s trust in my leadership ability,” said Capt. Goralski, “and I look forward to working with her, the entire Livonia Police Department family and the City Council on the work of keeping our community safe and informed.”

Capt. Goralski is a graduate of Madonna University, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the prestigious FBI National Academy for Police Executives. He began his career in the Livonia Police Department in 1989 and has served more than five years on the administrative team.

“Capt. Goralski is the right choice as the next leader of the Livonia Police Department,” said Chief Caid. “He has the experience and perspective needed to continue the Department’s vital work for the Livonia Community.”

Meet Capt. Thomas Goralski

Capt. Goralski began his career in the Livonia Police Department 32 years ago and is currently the Support Services Division Commander. Over his career, Capt. Goralski has been assigned to several positions within the various Divisions of the Police Department, including Uniform Patrol Officer, Special Operations Unit, Intelligence Bureau, Uniform Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Patrol Operations Lieutenant, Patrol Commander, Officer in Charge of the Intelligence Bureau, and Officer in Charge of the Detective Bureau. 

He has proudly served on the Livonia Police Honor Guard and has served as Driving Coordinator of Emergency Vehicle Operation Training Unit. Capt. Goralski is currently the Commanding Officer of the Western Wayne County Crisis Negotiators Team. 

He is a graduate of Madonna University and Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He has attended the Central Michigan University Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Institute, the FBI – Law Enforcement Executive Development Institute, and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police New Chiefs School. Capt. Goralski is a graduate of the FBI National Academy for Police Executives, Class #268. 

He is married with two children and a longtime resident of Livonia.

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