Michael Lividini, who first joined the Taylor Police in 2000, has been named the department’s newest deputy police chief. Deputy Chief Lividini, who has held commander positions within the department since 2015, was unanimously approved by City Council February 21.
“He has been on the force for 23 years and has worked in every department at TPD,” Mayor Tim Woolley said. “He has always conducted himself at the highest level and his experience is a benefit to the community. I congratulate him on his promotion to deputy police chief. I know he will do an exceptional job!"
Deputy Chief Lividini’s appointment fills the void created by the retirement of Richard Hopper, who is now the City’s new Human Resources director. Then-Deputy Chief Hopper and Police Chief John Blair were named to their roles in late 2017.
The new deputy chief brings a tremendous amount of experience into his new post. He most recently served as police investigative commander of Internal Affairs since 2021. He had previously served in that role from 2012-15. As head of Internal Affairs, he performed investigations on police officers and civilian staff including criminal activity, use of force and policy violations.
Between assignments with Internal Affairs, he served as police patrol operations commander (2015-21), overseeing all uniformed divisions of the police department while in charge of staffing, payroll, training, equipment and asset allocation. That included accountability for patrol, dispatch center and jail operations.
Before serving as a commander, Deputy Chief Lividini served as a lieutenant (2012), detective sergeant and sergeant. He joined the Taylor Police in 2000 as an officer before serving for eight years as part of the Downriver Area Narcotics Organizations and in Special Operations as a narcotics unit detective.
Deputy Chief Lividini started his law enforcement career as a deputy with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department in 1996 before joining the Detroit Police Department the following year.
The deputy chief holds (or will hold) several degrees: Bachelor in Business Administration in Diversity, Leadership and Public Safety from Cleary University (graduating in May); Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Schoolcraft College; and graduated from Staff and Command at Eastern Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Detroit Metropolitan Police Academy.