By Christina Strong
Entirely East Lansing staff writer
The city of East Lansing is welcoming new police chief: Juli K. Liebler. Liebler was appointed the new Chief replacing the former city’s, Chief of Police Tom Wibert, who retired in October 2010.
Liebler is the first female police chief in the history of East Lansing’s police department, which was formed in 1921.
“As East Lansing’s first female police chief, I think she is going to have to prove herself to her fellow policemen, but I hope that her goal is to make East Lansing safe and not make a political point,” said Thea Card, a resident of East Lansing.
Liebler was selected from a pool of candidates by East Lansing City Manager Theodore J. Staton.
“I was fortunate to be able to make a selection from a very competitive field of finalists,” said Staton. “Juli’s candidacy as chief has been affirmed through a process that included feedback from student and non-student members of the community, along with a diverse panel of East Lansing residents. She has demonstrated her leadership ability while serving as acting chief since the departure of Chief Wibert last year.”
Liebler holds a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation resources and a master’s degree in public administration.
She joined the police force in 1987 and received successive promotions until being appointed deputy chief in 2006.
“I am honored to have been chosen to serve as East Lansing’s next chief of police from a pool of such distinguished candidates. Chief Wibert left some pretty big shoes to fill and I am humbled by this vote of confidence in my ability to succeed him in this important community role,” said Liebler in a press release.
Liebler participates in the Police Athletic League, or PAL, and also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Michigan State University, mentoring undergraduate students.
Liebler has been a resident of East Lansing for 12 years. She considers East Lansing a great place to “live, work and raise a family.”