Livonia Police Chief Curtis Caid announces plan to retire

Caid to retire after 10 years as chief, 42 years with Livonia Police Department

Livonia Police Chief Curtis Caid (WDIV)

LIVONIA, Mich.Livonia’s chief of police has announced his plans to retire after a 42-year career with the department.

Chief Curtis Caid has served as the Livonia Police Department’s leader for the past 10 years. He will retire Jan. 1, 2022, and the position will be filled by Livonia Police Captain Thomas Goralski.

“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.”

Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan said she is implementing “an intentionally extended transition plan.” Caid’s retirement will be effective Jan 1, 2022, at which point Capt. Goralski will be promoted to chief of police. But 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.”

Livonia Police Capt. Thomas Goralski (WDIV)

Goralski is a graduate of Madonna University, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the 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.”

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From the city of Livonia -- 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.