Rodney Roten grew up in Livingston County, Michigan. He graduated from Hartland High School in 1987, and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Michigan State in 1992. He completed his basic police training at the 51st Mid-Michigan Police Academy at Lansing Community College. His first police job was in the City of Perry in Shiawassee County, before moving to Midland in 1993 when he joined the Midland Police Department.
Since then, he has been a longstanding member of the Midland County community.He had a stellar law enforcement career and has volunteered for multiple non-profits since 1993.
Rodney’s passions include a boating and traveling with his family, motorcycling, visiting the Caribbean, and running.
Rodney has been married to wife Amy since December of 2010. Together, they created a beautiful, blended family with four children ages 14-22.
The Special Olympics holds a special place in Rod’s heart. He has volunteered with the organization since 1993.
Currently, he serves as an Executive Committee member for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and is a Team Captain for the Law Enforcement Torch Run Travel Team. He brought the L.E. Torch Run to Midland in 2011. Through the Torch Run, he has raised over $20,000, which directly supports the Special Olympic Athletes of Michigan.
Additionally, Rodney is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, has served on the Board of Directors for Shelterhouse since 2016, and the Board of Directors of the Legacy Center for Community Success since 2014.
Came to Midland in 1993 as Patrolman
Developed and implemented in-service training programs for patrol officers to increase public safety, department efficiency; develop highly trained, effective, professional officers who provide best service to community and avoid excessive use of force when possible.
Field training officer
Responsible for training new law enforcement professionals on tactics, skills, policies, procedures, conflict resolution, laws, ordinances, and other local government issues
· Firearms instructor
· Taser instructor
· Pepper spray instructor
· Defensive tactics instructor
· Driving instructor
· Knife defense instructor
SWAT Team Member, June 1996 -2012
Respond to volatile and high-risk situations, outside of the normal police response with specialized training and equipment;
SWAT Team Leader, 2006- 2012
Full command of all SWAT tactical operations within Midland county;
Coordinate and execute all training and team member development;
Equipment procurement and maintenance
Patrol Sergeant 2005 – 2010
Supervision of police patrol and traffic regulatory activities;complete charge of activities in the absence of superior officers.
Patrol Lieutenant – 2010 – 2012
Under general supervision of Chief or Deputy Chief, command of and responsibility for all police patrol activities and general operations of the department in the absence of superior officers. In charge of Patrol Division and Records.
Deputy Chief – 2012 – 2018
As Deputy Chief, Rod had oversight of:
· Patrol Lieutenant/Patrol Division
· Detective Lieutenant/ Detective Bureau
· Administrative Lieutenant
Develop, monitor, and maintain the department’s budget
Assumes complete charge of the department in the absence of the Chief of Police.
Departmental equipment /supplies purchasing