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Retirement Leads to Appointment of New City of Ann Arbor Police Department Deputy Chief

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​​On Friday, April 29, the Ann Arbor Police Department will bid farewell to Deputy Chief Greg Bazick. Bazick is retiring after 25 years with the AAPD, where he served as a patrol officer, sergeant and lieutenant before being promoted to deputy chief in 2003.

Archived News Release: April 29, 2016 - "I was fortunate to serve alongside DC Bazick for the last 23 years," said Ann Arbor Police Chief Jim Baird. "He has led the organization at an executive level for 13 years under four different chiefs during that timeframe. What I appreciated most about Greg is his dedication to this department and community and his constant drive to making the AAPD stronger, more efficient and more effective. Greg will be missed, and we thank him for his service." (Photo left to right, new Deputy Chief Robert Pfannes, Deputy Chief Greg Bazick.)

The AAPD has appointed a new deputy chief, Robert Pfannes. An 18-year veteran with Ann Arbor, Pfannes has held several positions within the department, including patrol officer, sergeant and, most recently, detective lieutenant as the commander of the detective section.

Before coming to Ann Arbor, Pfannes served with the Detroit and Garden City police departments. He earned a bachelor's degree in legal studies from Madonna University and is a graduate of the Eastern Michigan University School of Police Staff and Command and the EMU Basic and Advanced SWAT Training. He has been teaching at the Western Wayne Regional Police Academy for the last 23 years.

"DC Pfannes is a valued member of our department," said Baird. "Bob's extensive experience and leadership style will continue to advance our commitment to ensuring a safe city for our residents, students, visitors and workforce." Pfannes' appointment as deputy chief became effective April 25.

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