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Posted on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 9:36 a.m.

Former U-M Police Chief Ken Magee finalist for job in Wayland

By Cindy Heflin

Former University of Michigan Police Chief Ken Magee is a finalist for police chief in Wayland, Mich., MLive reported.


Ken Magee

Magee is among three finalists for the job in Wayland, a city of more than 4,000 residents south of Grand Rapids. The other finalists are Lt. Steven Harper, commander of the Wayland post of the Michigan State Police, and Kevin Lenkart, who recently retired from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety for 24 years.

Magee resigned from U-M in November 2010 after signing a settlement agreement that paid him a year of sick leave. Magee made $182,000. After leaving U-M, Magee opened a magic and sports memorabilia shop on Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor.

Wayland’s police department has officially been without a permanent head since April 20, when former chief Dan Miller was fired.


John Beck

Sun, Dec 23, 2012 : 2:56 a.m.

Since Magee brought up his agreement about leaving the might U, can you publish the agreement? Ask some of the cops he was in charge of for the truth. And why did he take a polygraph? And how about those results?

T Wall

Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 11:14 p.m.

The T. Wall Foundation thanks Ken for the many hours of volunteer work he donates to our children with disabilities. I don't know anything about his police work but I can say he is positive role model to our city. Ken donates several hours to Mott Hospital and performs magic tricks and balloons. I wish Ken good luck. He will be a great addition to any town.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 9:59 p.m.

Hire him! Hire him! The fewer NARCs in Ann Arbor, the better.

Rob Pollard

Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 9:41 p.m.

Wayland's previous chief (Miller) was fired, which is why the job is open. Here are some highlights from the MLive article. Take them into consideration, and then figure out for yourself whether Magee really has a chance at this new job. "Miller was on medical leave for several months before he was suspended in January (and then fired in April)" "Questions arose about whether (Magee) was eligible to be on paid leave, and whether he was working at another job while on paid leave. The disputes were eventually settled with the department. 'Am I controversial? Maybe just a little bit,' he said." "During their interviews, each candidate listed "integrity" as his most important qualification, and expressed an appreciation for the friendly, small-town atmosphere of Wayland."


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 8:58 p.m.

I hope Wayland uses Google and sees the "controversy" over Mr. Magee's departure from U of M, the supposed disabilities, etc.

Basic Bob

Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 9:09 p.m.



Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 6:52 p.m.

Quit complaining about the high cost of education and make some more sweet deals for our "public servants"................some things never change.

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 2:49 p.m.

Are police chiefs are like football and basketball coaches? It seems somebody will always hire them.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 12:30 p.m.

You forgot to add K12 school superintdents and city managers.

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 6:21 p.m.

good point. a definite exception to the norm.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 5:45 p.m.

Unless you happen to be the head coach of the Detroit Lions. They never seem to get another head coaching gig.