This morning, Congressman Bill Huizenga congratulated Zeeland Police Chief Bill Olney on his retirement and thanked him for his service and dedication to West Michigan during a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman Huizenga’s Remarks:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate my neighbor and friend, Chief Bill Olney on his retirement from the Zeeland Police Department and to say thank you for his service.
After attending Grand Valley State University, and Wayne State University, Bill received a degree in criminal justice from Madonna College. He began his career in law enforcement in 1976 as a Michigan State Police Trooper, where he served for 25 years, protecting our great state.
In 2001, just one day after he retired from the Michigan State Police, Bill Olney joined the Zeeland Police Department where he served as Chief of Police for 16 years.
Chief Olney has dedicated his career to providing the highest quality law enforcement service and professionalism to the residents of Zeeland. His relentless work in our community and dedication is clearly reflected by the numerous accomplishments he has received over his career including serving on the West Michigan Criminal Justice Training Consortium, Ottawa Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Stop Child Abuse and Neglect Council.
As a lifelong Detroit Lions and Michigan State Spartans fan, I know he will enjoy retirement with his wife, Kathryn, his children, Shannon and Matt, and some football in the near future.
Mr. Speaker, I want to ask my colleagues to join me in saying thank you on behalf of the Second District of Michigan to Chief Bill Olney for his 41 years of service to the State of Michigan and to our country.
Thank you to both Christian from Holland and Kenneth from Zeeland for your hard work this semester serving West Michigan. I hope your internship in Washington D.C. was insightful and enjoyable. I wish you both the best as you look ahead to your senior year!
As West Michigan residents, we take pride in our community and work together to make it an even better place to live, work, and raise a family. On Saturday, April 28th from 10 AM until 2 PM, we have another opportunity to strengthen West Michigan by participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Local law enforcement and medical professionals are teaming up to provide a safe and responsible way to dispose of excess prescription drugs and raise awareness of the opioid crisis. If you have out of date medications that you would like to turn in, please visit DEATakeback.com for a list of locations across West Michigan
This afternoon I had a wide-ranging town hall style conversation with students at North Muskegon and Reeths Puffer on improving school safety, strengthening mental health care, and combating gun violence. Thank you to the students at both schools for your engaging questions!
This afternoon I joined the White Lake Chamber to give a legislative update on tax reform, protecting the Great Lakes, and my work on the House Committee on Financial Services. Thanks to Arconic for hosting today’s meeting!