Lori Hinkley, Retired
Ms. Hinkley holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and a J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She began her legal career as labor counsel for the Michigan State Police Troopers Association where she represented Michigan State Police troopers and sergeants in bargaining and served as their advocate in grievance and discipline hearings. In 1999, she was hired as a labor representative by the Michigan State Police (MSP) where she functioned as management’s advocate.
After six years in that role, Ms. Hinkley was appointed as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator for the MSP. In addition to serving as the FOIA Coordinator, she was also named the FOIA Appeals Officer and the Records Management Officer. During her tenure as FOIA coordinator she managed a staff of twenty-five in the Records Resource Section who were responsible for responding to all public records requests and third-party subpoenas received by the MSP.
Ms. Hinkley is a member of the Law Enforcement Records Management Association of Michigan (LERMA) and served as President for eight years. She is currently on the Board as the Immediate Past President. She is also an active member of the National Association of Government Archivists and Records Administrators (NAGARA).
Ms. Hinkley has been training law enforcement professionals in the FOIA, records management, labor relations, and leadership for over 20 years.
She retired from the MSP after 23 years of service.