LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder announced one appointment and three reappointments to the Michigan Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Monument Fund Commission.
Created in 2004, the commission oversees the financing and design of the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The Lansing monument will honor the lives of more than 500 Michigan police officers killed on duty.
“This monument will serve as a testament to the honor, courage and sacrifice of the officers who gave their lives to protect their fellow Michiganders,” Snyder said. “I appreciate the commitment of these four individuals to this worthy cause.”
Andrew Jackson, of Byron Center, will represent police chaplains with five or more years’ experience. He is the head of the Michigan State Police Chaplain Corps, assigned to the Rockford Post. He also is a subminister at Wesley Pary United Methodist Church. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business education teaching from Ferris State University, a master’s degree in school administration from Michigan State University and a master of divinity degree in theology from Garrett Theological Seminary.
The governor also reappointed three members of the commission.
Kathy Cole, of Holt, was nominated by the executive director of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association as a survivor of a county sheriff’s department officer killed while on duty. She is the administrative assistant to the Ingham County sheriff. She also is a trustee of the National Concerns of Police Survivors and part of the chiefs and sheriffs memorial response team.
Linda Emmert, of Omena, was nominated by the executive director of the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police as a survivor of an officer killed while on duty serving with a police department of a municipality with a population of 500,000 or less. She previously led the Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors for 10 years, and continues to work closely with police agencies and families across the state. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in elementary education from Grand Valley State University.
Diane Philpot, of Brownstown, was nominated by the police chief in a municipality with a population of more than 500,000 as a survivor of an officer of that police department killed while on duty. She is treasurer of the Charter Township of Brownstown and serves as a trustee on the Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors board. She holds a certificate in veterinary technology from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in business from Siena Heights University.
Appointees will serve four-year terms that expire June 30, 2016.
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