When Assistant Chief of Police Erick Zinser joined the Novi Police Department as an officer 23 years ago, he always envisioned himself one day leading it as the Chief of Police.
That day is finally here and he will officially be sworn-in on Tuesday, February 22, as the Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police for the City of Novi. Zinser replaces Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police David Molloy, who announced his retirement in January after a 33-year career with the department.
“I am honored to have been selected to lead one of the best public safety agencies in the nation and to continue to work alongside the talented men and women of the Novi Police and Fire departments,” said Zinser. “Chief Molloy is an outstanding leader and friend who I learned a great deal from, and I look forward to building on our public safety operations and continuing to enhance our reputation as a safe place to live.”
Zinser has been the Assistant Chief of Police since 2015, and prior to that worked as a lieutenant, sergeant, detective, and police officer. He came to Novi from Mackinac Island, where he worked as an officer from 1991-1998. Zinser has his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University and his Master’s degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Technology from Eastern Michigan University.
City Manager Pete Auger, who announced Zinser’s appointment to the position today, said he is impressed by his calm demeanor and ability to effectively work with internal and external stakeholders alike.
“One thing that stood out to me is how well-respected Chief Zinser is by his peers and community members,” said Auger. “He possesses the right combination of leadership skills and knowledge to lead the Novi Police and Fire departments into the future.”
Zinser is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Oakland County Association of Chiefs of Police, and Southeast Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., and the Police School of Staff and Command at Eastern Michigan University. Throughout his career he has been recognized numerous times for outstanding performance including leadership awards, departmental citations, merit citations, unit citations, and perfect attendance.