Township police chief retires after 30 years
By Lisa Brody
Bloomfield Township Police Chief Phil Langmeyer announced his retirement after 30 years with the department at the board of trustees meeting on Monday, May 23, and trustees reluctantly accepted it.
“After 30 years of service to Bloomfield Township and over 32 years in law enforcement I have decided to retire from my position as chief of police, effective July 1, 2022. It has been a pleasure serving the people of Bloomfield Township and the men and women of this department,” Langmeyer said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the Bloomfield Township Police Department and thank you for your support.”
Langmeyer was moved as he thanked his fellow officers. “I would like to take a moment to thank the men and women of the Bloomfield Township Police Department. They are some of the best. This department sets a high bar for other police departments to achieve and we could not do that without these people. We often hear departments talk about being a family. We are a family and I will miss you all.”
Former supervisor Leo Savoie, who appointed Langmeyer, attended the meeting and said, “In the 16 years I was with the township, we saw a lot of great chiefs. We heard time and time again as we had promotions that other communities wish they had our talent pool.”
“We have always known you to be fierce, loyal and hardworking,” said treasurer Brian Kepes. “You continued to build on our department's reputation of excellence. While we are sad to see you retire, we are appreciative of all you have done for our community.”
“You took over during a pandemic, social unrest, a change in leadership,” supervisor Dani Walsh said. “I'm thankful you brought the CoRE program to us. We now have our own weigh station for trucks here. There are significant fines and it saves our roads. You showed a kindness for this team and a kindness and compassion for the residents.”