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New Williamston police chief is a familiar face

New Williamston Police Chief James
Posted at 6:46 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 18:54:01-05

WILLIAMSTON, Mich. — After bike-riding Williamston Police Chief Bob Young retired, city leaders chose James Wolf to take his place.

Former Williamston Police Chief Bob Young
Former Police Chief Bob Young was known for riding his bike around Williamston.

"It was very sad to see him go," Wolf said. "It makes it a little more stressful for me to fill those shoes."

After retiring from Michigan State Police after 31 years, Wolf joined the Williamston Police Department as a reserve officer.

"I was doing that when I retired from MSP," he said. "Just to kind of get a feel again for the community and see if this is something I wanted to engaged with and further along for the chief spot when and if it opened up."

Although this position is new for him, he's no stranger to Williamston.

"I graduated from the high school, all of my family," Wolf said. "I worked at the local grocery store to help pay for my education in college.”

New Williamston Police Chief James
Chief James Wolf is taking on a new position with the police department, but he isn't new to the community.

Wolf said journey to becoming a police officer started in Williamston.

"I was kind of in a ride along with Williamston police back when I was in school," he said. "And that kind of pushed me a long the police path."

And is happy to be back where he started.

“So far I’ve been here four days and I haven’t gone a single day without running into someone I knew when I lived here. And that’s just so cool to me,” Wolf said. "I think it was a great opportunity for me to give back to the community I grew up in.”

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