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New Chief of Lansing Police named

Posted at 4:10 PM, Jul 23, 2019

LANSING, Mich. — Captain Daryl Green was named the next chief of the Lansing Police by Mayor Schor on Wednesday morning.

Now the city's Board of Police Commissioners needs to approve the appointment.

They meet next on August 20, 2019.

“Captain Green brings many years of experience and expertise to the Lansing Police Department and it is my recommendation that he leads the department moving forward,” said Mayor Schor. “We know that we already have the best candidate for the job in the department, so we will not conduct a
search to find someone new. I’m confident that Captain Green will continue to be a great asset to Lansing and its residents.”

Green has been with the LPD since 1997.

“I am honored that Mayor Schor has recommended my appointment to become the next person to lead the Capital City’s finest,” said Captain Green. “I do not take this profession or position lightly and I will remain committed to strengthening the department’s relationship with our community.”

A press release from the mayor's office stated that Captain Green has served in the United States Navy for over 18 years, currently as a Lieutenant in
Naval Intelligence. And most recently, he was deployed to Navy Central Command Maritime Forces in the Middle East and is credited with military service during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve.

Captain Daryl Green will be the acting chief starting Aug. 1 after Mike Yankowski announced his retirement, which will take effect on July 31.

“I have known and worked with Daryl for 22 years and I’m more than confident that he will continue to lead the department towards greatness. He is one of the best-prepared incoming police chiefs this department will have ever seen. The future of the LPD is in good hands with Daryl,” said Chief Yankowski.

Yankowski is in the middle of an investigation of a controversial arrest of a minor on June 14 and people in the community think that the pressure played a part in his decision to leave the job.

Just last month, Yankowski was up for a Chief job in Grand Rapids, but later took his name out of the running in the midst of the investigation.

When News 10 caught up with Yankowski he adamantly denied his retirement and the investigation had anything to do with one another and refused to talk about the investigation further.

"I want to be clear that my decision to retire from the Lansing Police Department is based on the fact that I'm 25 years in and that I miss my family. Period. My family misses me and I owe it to them to spend more time with them at this point in my life...I don't know what else to say here. This is very upsetting to me."

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