LANSING, Mich. – Police Chief Bill French will retire from Lansing Community College at the end of February after 40 years.
Chief French came up through the ranks, working as a patrol officer, sergeant, and lieutenant assistant chief before assuming the role of police chief nearly 12 years ago.
French has been in the workforce since the age of 12 when he began as the neighborhood paperboy. He then became a student intern with the state of Michigan, worked for a construction equipment company in the parts department, and sold antiques. He moonlighted as a state inspector for athletics, overseeing pro boxing, amateur boxing, and pro wrestling. In this capacity, he met all of the famous pro wrestlers in the 1980s.
“Working with the students and seeing them go on to great things is what I have enjoyed the most,” French said. “Cadets that have worked at LCC have gone on to very successful law enforcement careers all over the nation, including the U.S. Secret Service.”
There is no one at LCC who knows more about parking than Bill French. He is the undisputed “Parking Czar” of the college and says, “The new parking ramp will be almost twice the size of the old Gannon Ramp. It will function smoother and will be state-of-the-art. Parking at LCC will be terrific in fall 2022.”
Chief French has touched many lives over the years and we have relied on him to keep us safe. “LCC has been like a family for me and my wife for the last 40 years,” French said. “Together, we have a combined total of 75 years of employment at this college.”
French plans to spend more time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren.
You have earned this time, sir. Congratulations from Lansing Community College!
About Lansing Community College
Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 23,000 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.
Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran's status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person's ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person's ability to participate in educational programs, courses, services or activities offered by the college.
The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Human Resource Manager/Employee Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1879; Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-9632.