Ann Arbor has a new safety administrator, police chief

John Seto appointed safety services administrator, police chief in Ann Arbor

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Ann Arbor has a new chief.

John Seto was appointed Safety Services Administrator and Police Chief Monday night by city council.

Seto has served as the interim police chief since April and was hired by the city as a patrol officer in 1990.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University and he holds Firefighter I & II Certifications.

Seto's law enforcement experience includes detective, patrol, and SWAT operational and management responsibilities.

"John Seto is well qualified to serve as the city's Safety Services Administrator and Police Chief," said City Administrator Steve Powers. "The internal promotion of a candidate who meets the position's requirements of leadership, management experience, community involvement, judgment, and trustworthiness is healthy for the Police Department. I'm confident John has the experience necessary to serve our community well in this role."

The Safety Services Administrator position is responsible for the administrative supervision and leadership of police services, fire services, and emergency management, with a combined budget of $39 million and 228 employees.

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