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Chief David E. Molloy


A 24-year veteran of the Novi Police Department, Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police David E. Molloy joined the force in September 1989.  He was promoted to Chief of Police in 2005 and appointed Director of Public Safety in 2010.  Chief Molloy is only the third police chief to serve the Novi community.  As the Director of Public Safety, Chief Molloy is responsible for the Novi Police and Fire Departments as well as the city’s emergency preparedness efforts. 

Chief Molloy began his tenure with the department as a Police Officer in the Uniform Division.  In 1992, he was selected to work a two-year assignment as an undercover narcotics officer with the Michigan State Police Narcotic Enforcement Team.  He later served as a task force agent with the Detroit Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration while investigating “Operation Falling Star,” one of the state’s largest narcotic trafficking and money laundering investigations.


Chief Molloy has distinguished himself as a leader since joining the department and in 1995 was promoted to rank of Detective. As a detective he investigated juvenile crimes, crimes against persons and several high profile violent criminal cases in the Novi area.  In 1997, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served in the Uniform Division as a Watch Commander.  In 2001, he returned to the Investigations Section as a Detective Sergeant.  In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and served as the Commander of the General Services Division.  In February 2005, Molloy was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police.  In September of 2005, Molloy was promoted to Chief of Police.  In 2010, he was promoted to Director of Public Safety with leadership of the Novi Police and Fire Departments.

Chief Molloy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Saginaw Valley State University and received his Master in Liberal Studies Degree from Eastern Michigan University.  He is a graduate of the Eastern Michigan University School of Police Staff and Command and the Center for Excellence in Police Management Studies.  In 2007, he graduated from the 228th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  Additionally, he is a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.  

Chief Molloy is an active volunteer in Novi and surrounding communities.  He is a member of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  He has served as the President of the Oakland County Association of Chiefs of Police and currently serves as the President of the Southeast Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Molloy is honored to serve as an adjunct professor at Madonna University where he teaches criminal justice ethics, criminology and criminal justice administration courses.  Chief Molloy has instructed at the Eastern Michigan University and Michigan State University Schools of Police Staff and Command where has developed and taught organizational change, strategic planning and operational planning.  Throughout his career he has received numerous departmental citations, merit citations and awards for leadership recognition, including Novi Police Officer of the Year.  

Chief Molloy considers himself a lifelong learner and enjoys the study of leadership, motivating personnel and creating a culture of ethical and professional behavior.  He takes great pride in mentoring, counseling and guiding police officers, command officers, fellow law enforcement executives and business professionals. 

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