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Public Safety Officer Application Period will Open May 20 - June 3

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will open up the application process for the position of “Public Safety Officer” on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The application process will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.Application:Applications may be submitted online between 05/20/20 and 06/03/20 at the following websites:



KDPS’ hiring process consists of an application, a written test, a physical agility test, a background investigation and several interviews throughout the process. If these steps are successfully completed, it is anticipated that an offer of employment will be given in January, 2021.

To be considered for employment, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, have a High School Diploma or GED equivalent, possess a valid driver’s license, and be 21 years old at time of appointment (January, 2021). Applicants will also be required to pass a written and physical test and undergo an extensive background investigation. Applicants are not required to be MCOLES (Police) certified to apply. KDPS desires candidates with integrity, a strong work ethic, and a desire to serve our Kalamazoo community.

KDPS officers are cross-trained as police officers, firefighters, and medical first responders. They respond to calls for police, fire, and medical emergencies, along with performing other duties, within the City of Kalamazoo. Applicants do not need to have prior police or fire certifications to be considered, as KDPS will sponsor them through the police academy and provide fire training, if needed. A training wage may apply to those who need to attend the Police Academy. Additional benefits include a Spanish language bonus, veteran on-the-job training education benefits and the federal direct student loan forgiveness program. Additionally, KDPS offers lateral transfers for current police officers (MCOLES certified/certifiable). Police officers currently employed full-time and in good standing with another police agency have the opportunity to laterally transfer up to three (3) years of police experience in regards to the current wage scale. This lateral transfer would significantly increase starting wages for eligible new hires.

There are multiple advancement/additional opportunities for Public Safety Officers to include the position of: Detective, Canine Handler, Community Policing Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Crime Lab Technician, SWAT Team, Bomb Squad, Honor Guard, and Command Officer.

Information about KDPS is available at www.kalamazoopublicsafety.org and questions can be submitted through the “Contact” link at the top of the Home Page.

By authority of: Executive Lieutenant Danielle Guilds

Oakland Drive Project Scheduled to begin Monday, April 27

A coordinated construction project on Oakland Drive is scheduled to begin Monday, April 27. The City of Kalamazoo replaced all lead water services on this section of road in 2019, and new water main will be installed this year before the project is finished with street resurfacing and improved non-motorized features.

2020 work on Oakland Drive will include:

  • Water Main Replacement
  • Road repaving & bike lane improvements
  • Tree heaved sidewalk repairs & ADA curb ramp upgrades
  • New crosswalk at Chevy Chase
  • Pedestrian island installed at Maple Street

The project will be completed in two phases, with work initially beginning between Whites Road and Parkview Avenue. This phase of the project is expected to last from April 27 - May 28. The second phase of the project is expected to begin immediately after and be completed in October. Work will proceed north on Oakland Drive from the Whites/Oakland intersection. 

Detours will be posted and will differ for each phase of construction. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained, including access to Oakwood Plaza. 

More information about this project can be found in the  pdf 2020 Oakland Drive Project Fact Sheet (877 KB) .

City Commission to hold Virtual Work Session on Adult Use Marihuana

The Kalamazoo City Commission will meet in special session on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss proposed ordinances for marihuana commercial businesses (including adult use marihuana businesses) and a proposed adult use marihuana social equity policy.

This meeting will be conducted electronically in order for members, staff, and the public to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order No. 2020-42, “Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.”

Agenda: https://kalamazoomi.civicclerk.com/Web/Player.aspx?id=349&key=-1&mod=-1&mk=-1&nov=0

Accessing the Meeting

The meeting will be streamed live on the City’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KalamazooCity/) and YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIgXSSXLSDxThVaaiRMsR5Q).

Members of the public without computer or internet access can listen to the meeting by calling 269.552.6425 and entering Meeting ID 914  4378  0298 when prompted.

Public Input and Participating in the Meeting

The agenda and supporting documents for this meeting are available at https://kalamazoomi.civicclerk.com/web/home.aspx.

Persons who wish to contact members of the City Commission to provide input about items on the meeting agenda may do so on April 27th between 5:30 p.m. and the end of the public comment period by calling 269.226.6573 and leaving a recording. Comments will be played during the Public Comment portion of the agenda.

Instructions for Persons with Disabilities

Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to effectively participate in this meeting should contact the City Clerk's Office at 269.337.8792 by 10:00 a.m. on the day of the meeting to request assistance.

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