Assistant Chief Fischer to Retire After 33 Years of Service with the MSU Police

The Michigan State University Police Department is announcing the retirement of Assistant Chief Penny Fischer effective May 26, 2020. Fischer is retiring after 33 years of service to the MSU community.

Fischer began her career with the department in 1987. During her career, she has held the positions of patrol officer, sergeant overseeing patrol operations, lieutenant overseeing internal investigations and training and captain overseeing emergency management and special events.  As Assistant Chief of the department, Fischer has served as second in command and supervised all police bureau functions.

“We are grateful for the dedication Assistant Chief Fischer has given to the police department and to the MSU community,” said MSU Police Chief Kelly Roudebush. “She was one of my field training officers when I first started my career here and it’s been a privilege to work with her throughout the years. With her leadership and expertise, the department has advanced in many aspects, especially in the field of emergency management.”

Fischer is credited with leading the 2017 initiative of MSU becoming the fifth higher education institution in the nation to be accredited in emergency management planning. After receiving the accreditation, MSU became the second entity in the state, the other being the state of Michigan, to receive accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program.

Fischer holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University, a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University. Fischer is also active within the MSU community by serving as an adjunct faculty member within the School of Criminal Justice.

To oversee all police functions, Chief Roudebush has selected Captain Doug Monette to serve as the new Assistant Chief. Monette hired on to the department in 1996 and during his career, he served as the department’s Public Information Officer and supervised the department’s Administrative Services Division, which includes human resources, Inclusion and Anti-bias Unit, and internal affairs. He has formerly served as the Lieutenant and then Captain overseeing the Investigative Division. Monette holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science degree, Criminal Justice from Ferris State University.

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