Veteran police officer, Dan Kolke, brings 30-plus years of experience


CAPAC — Capac Village officials on Tuesday, Jan. 3 rolled out the “blue carpet” for new Capac Police Chief, Dan Kolke.

Kolke comes to Capac with more than three decades of experience in public safety and law enforcement.

New Capac Police Chief Dan Kolke prepares to patrol the village streets.

His prior service as a police officer includes service in other communities.

Capac Village Manager Travis Youatt is confident Kolke’s presence will help to re-establish and maintain the highest standards in community policing.

Youatt said Kolke’s salary will start at $58,000 per year, with a $4,000 stipend for health care and 160 hours of paid time off.

He said Kolke will be subject to a six-month review, after which he could be awarded a boost in salary.

“Chief Kolke has a lot of administrative and command experience as a police lieutenant at other departments,” Youatt noted. “That kind of experience will be invaluable to our police department and the community of Capac.”

Chief Kolke said that as a veteran law enforcement officer, becoming a police chief is something he has aspired to.

“This was the obvious next step for me,” Kolke said. “I plan to be out patrolling the streets in uniform and to become a part of the community.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity and to the new challenges the position offers,” he continued. “I’ve been doing this for 33 years and I still love being a cop.”

Youatt said Kolke will be overseeing a department that includes two full-time officers, Schools Resource Officer (SRO) Sgt. Carlo Dealca and Scott Sabada; along with three part-time officers, Gary Gorski, Greg Cervi and Jennifer Deiotte.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.