Retirement prompts Farmington Hills Police promotions

Following the retirement of Farmington Hills Police Assistant Chief Matthew Koehn, the department has promoted several officers, including the move of Assistant Chief Michael Ciaramitaro to the newly created Administrative Staff Assistant Chief position.

Ciaramitaro will be responsible for the introduction of several new technologies, Police Department Accreditation, and several other special projects.

Farmington Hills Police promotions
Photo (left to right): City Manager Dave Boyer, Assistant Chief Daniel Rodriguez, Assistant Chief Jeff King, Commander Bonnie Unruh, Lieutenant Richard Blendea, Sergeant Mark Kelley and Chief Charles Nebus. (City of Farmington Hills)

In addition, these officers have been promoted:

Commander Daniel Rodriguez was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief in the Operations Bureau. He joined the department 23 years ago as a police cadet and has previously served as a patrol officer, Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force officer, South Oakland Narcotics Consortium investigator, patrol and Directed Patrol Unit supervisor, and Administrative Bureau supervisor.

Rodriguez holds an Associate’s Degree, a Bachelor’s Degree, and has begun studies for a Master’s Degree. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1991 to 1998. In addition to receiving 36 citations and awards, he was recognized as the Farmington Hills Police Officer of the Year in 2001.

Commander Jeffrey King was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief in the Administrative Bureau. The 22-year veteran began his career as a police cadet and was previously promoted to police officer, sergeant, lieutenant, and commander. Past assignments include patrol officer, Traffic Safety Section officer, School Liaison officer, and Patrol Division, Traffic Safety Section, and Investigative Division supervisor.

King holds an Associate’s Degree, a Bachelor’s Degree, and has begun studies for a Master’s Degree. He is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command. In addition to receiving 42 citations and awards, he was Farmington Hills Police Officer of the Year in 2007

Lieutenant Bonnie Unruh was promoted to the rank of Commander in the Operations Bureau.

Commander Unruh, a 28-year veteran of the Department, began as a police cadet and was previously promoted to police officer, sergeant, and lieutenant. Past assignments include patrol officer, Crime Prevention Section officer, Investigative Division detective, and Patrol and Investigative Division supervisor.

Unruh holds an Associate’s Degree, a Bachelor’s Degree, and a Master’s Degree. She is a graduate of the Eastern Michigan University School of Police Staff and Command and is a Certified Professional Emergency Manager through the State of Michigan. She has received 51 citations and awards, including being recognized as the VFW Police Officer of the Year in 1991, the American Society of Industrial Security Police Officer of the Year in 1998, and the American Legion Police Officer of the Year in 2014.

Sergeant Richard Blendea was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the Operations Bureau. The 21-year veteran began as a police cadet and was previously promoted to police officer and sergeant. Past assignments include patrol officer, Field Training Officer, Auto Theft Investigator, and Patrol and Directed Patrol Unit supervisor.

Blendea holds a Bachelor’s Degree and has received 37 citations and awards, including being recognized as the Help Eliminate Auto Theft (HEAT) Investigator of the Year for 2009.

Officer Mark Kelley was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the Operations Bureau. The 16-year veteran began as a police cadet. Past assignments include patrol officer, traffic investigator and training officer and now the Patrol Division of Operations Bureau. Kelly holds an Associate’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree. He has received 10 citations and awards and was the National Patrol Rifle Iron Sight Champion in 2015.