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.
Recently, I had the opportunity to welcome Michigan WWII Veterans to the memorial built in their honor. It was incredible to hear the stories of these brave men who fought to preserve freedom. Thank you for your service and thank you to the volunteers who made the veterans' trip such a positive and moving experience.
This afternoon, I welcomed nearly 40 people from around the world as they became American citizens at the Loutit District Library in Grand Haven. Congratulations to each and every one of you on making this life changing decision!