Veteran officer to retire

Jun. 24, 2014  PLYMOUTH EAGLE.

Plymouth Michigan News


Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 4.08.34 PMPolice Lt. Robert Smedley is set to retire at the end of the month with 23-years of service to the Canton community.

Smedley was hired by the department in 1991 as a patrol officer, following a 2-year career as a police officer with the City of Detroit. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2009 and lieutenant in January of this year. Smedley earned his bachelor’s degree from Adrian College and his master’s degree in Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University. He is also a graduate of Eastern Michigan University’s Police Staff and Command School.

Smedley has been active in numerous special units throughout his career including assignments as a detective in the Western-Wayne Criminal Investigations unit and the department’s Detective Bureau. He also served on the department Honor Guard, and as an instructor of the TEAM (Teaching, Educating and Mentoring) program taught in the elementary schools. Smedley was also assigned as a School Resource Officer at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park for a 3-year period.

“Lt. Smedley has made significant contributions to public safety in Canton. He is both well-respected and well liked by his col- leagues and, while he will be missed, we wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Public Safety Director Todd Mutchler.

Smedley and his wife, Lucie, have three adult children, Ian, Alexandra and Stephanie, and sons, Louis age 7, and Van age 6.


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