Lt. Keith Wuotinen
by Bernie Fratto
Lt. Keith Wuotinen of
the Novi Police Department is a dedicated member of
the force, and is a rising star. And, in the rarest
of parlays, in addition to being a police officer he
is also an attorney.
Growing up in Wixom,
Michigan he set his sights on law enforcement as he
stated he "wanted a career he had a lot of respect
for, one that would be exciting and rewarding."
After graduating from
Michigan State University with a Bachelors Degree in
Criminal Justice his first assignment was to work at
the Ingham County Jail in the receiving area. This
was initial entree into law enforcement and he
worked there 11 months.
After leaving Ingham
County he attended the Mid-Michigan Police Academy
in 1996, and was ultimately hired in Novi on Feb.
After spending 4
months in field training, he diligently worked the
Patrol Division for eight years, becoming a field
training officer and noted that "it was very
rewarding to work with new people." He was also part
of the Mountain Bike Team and the Motorcycle Patrol.
In January 2005 he
was promoted to Sergeant, and his role as a shift
supervisor was to oversee 10-12 officers for the
midnight shift. As a front line supervisor he
fielded citizen inquiries and complaints and dealt
with any type of situation that would require field
In March 2006, he was
promoted to Lieutenant which is his current role. He
is in charge of the uniformed division, managing the
daily activities of 44 road officers, 8 road
sergeants, and 2 fleet maintenance mechanics.
In his personal quest
for self-improvement and growth, Lt. Wuotinen went
back to school and in 2001 earned his law degree
from Wayne State. He passed the Michigan Bar exam
that same year.
The education and
skills obtained in this endeavor has been an
invaluable tool and asset, and Lt. Wuotinen strongly
believes it compliments his career as a Police
Lt. Wuotinen has
served our community with honor and distinction for
over 12 years now, he proudly states that "Novi has
been a great community, I am fortunate to have been
hired here, and I couldn't be happier."
The feeling runs both
ways, Lt. Wuotinen...