Rick Mitchell spent the first 28 years of his police career with a suburban police department outside of the city of Detroit, retiring as a Lieutenant. During his career, he spent time as a patrol officer, FTO, and criminal investigator. As a Police Sergeant, he served as Uniform Patrol Supervisor. Additionally, in his capacity as a sergeant, he managed the agency’s 911 center, Fleet maintenance and replacement program, recruiting and retention, the FTO program, and background investigations. As a Lieutenant, he was tasked with command and oversight of the Operations Division, including all patrol operations related tasks as well as budgeting and planning, staff career development, and training.
Upon his retirement from the first agency, he spent another six years at a nearby agency managing their Regional 911 center. The 911 center provided emergency dispatching services for four local police and fire departments, and EMS.
Rick graduated from Madonna University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He completed the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, along with the Michigan Police Executive Development School, sponsored by the FBI.
Rick is a life-long learner who has focused his studies on leadership development and succession planning. He has provided private consulting services related to career development, and promotional preparation. Rick enjoys spending time at home with his wife and three dogs.