Novi Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety David Molloy poses for a portrait in his office Jan. 24 at the Novi Police Department.

Novi Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety David Molloy poses for a portrait in his office Jan. 24 at the Novi Police Department.

Photo by Brian Wells

Novi chief of police and director of public safety to retire after 33 years

By: Brian Wells | Novi Note | Published January 27, 2022


NOVI — After 33 years with the Novi Police Department, the city’s director of public safety and chief of police is retiring.

“There comes a point in time, I believe, when you have to look for other opportunities and other challenges,” said David Molloy, who serves as Novi’s director of public safety and chief of police.

Molloy, 54, discovered his passion for law enforcement when he was a student at Saginaw Valley State University. He took a criminal justice class as an elective and immediately switched his major from a business and finance degree to criminal justice.

Within six months, he was working at the campus police department and has been in law enforcement ever since.

Molloy joined the Novi department as an officer in 1989. He moved up the ranks, serving as a detective, a sergeant, a detective sergeant, a lieutenant and the deputy chief of police.

He was appointed chief in 2005 and in 2010 was appointed the director of public safety. His goal was always to leave the department and community in a better place than it was in when he started.

He’s achieved this goal as a result of the department’s community policing philosophy and partnerships in the community, he said.

“We focus on building public trust with every contact,” he said.

While he served as chief, the department became nationally accredited and reaccredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA, and has received accreditation through the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. The department is also one of three Michigan agencies to earn both state and CALEA accreditation.

In 2021, Novi’s dispatch center also was accredited by CALEA and the Novi Fire Department began its accreditation process.

Molloy has earned 29 department awards over the course of his career, and in 2021 he was awarded the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Presidential Medal for outstanding and extraordinary professional and personal service to the criminal justice system, law enforcement and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.

Novi Mayor Bob Gatt worked as an officer with Molloy from 1989 until 2002.

“Chief Molloy is a remarkable leader who never wavered in his commitment to doing what was right and who set the highest standards for integrity and professionalism,” Gatt said in a press release. “Our community is a better place because of his steady leadership. I am extremely grateful for his service and friendship over the years.”

While Molloy is excited to begin a new position as the deputy director of the Michigan High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, which is a program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy that coordinates law enforcement agencies regionally against drug trafficking, he said he will miss working with the department.

“It is bittersweet,” he said. “When you work alongside these folks every single day, it’s like family, and I’m certainly going to miss the people. I’ve loved serving this community, and the citizens have been great; the business leaders have been great.”

Molloy’s last day will be Feb. 18. Novi City Manager Pete Auger will seek to appoint Molloy’s successor, the city said in a press release.