19-year veteran is new Auxiliary Chief of Police
Larry Domski, a 19-year member of the Taylor Auxiliary Police Department, has been named chief of the volunteer organization.
Domski, who is the building ordinance supervisor in the City of Taylor Office of Economic and Development Services, succeeds David Gilmer, who retired as chief after nine years and 13 years on the force.
Domski, who had been commander of operations for nine years prior to the appointment, is only the fourth person to hold the rank of chief in the Auxiliary. The operations commander is in charge of the auxiliary’s two platoons on detail within the city.
“Larry Domski had always done a great job working in the background to support the mission of the Auxiliary Police,” said Director of Police Services Jac Desrosiers. “Now, as he takes the reins of this excellent volunteer organization, I have no doubt that they will continue to grow and flourish as they continue to provide an invaluable service to our community.”
Auxiliary Police officers must make time to service the city every month on a volunteer basis. They supplement the regular Taylor Police Department in a variety of duties. They check on homes during summer vacation, patrol parks and schools, assist with traffic direction during emergencies, assist during elections and patrol the Taylor Summer Festival, church festivals and other large events.
Domski, 46, said he likes “being active and involved,” which is why he is prone to volunteer. For seven years, his family has provided free Christmas dinner to the lonely, hungry and needy on Christmas Day at the William Ford Senior Activity Center.
Domski, who thanked his predecessor Gilmer for “the commitment” he made to the auxiliary, said he never set a goal of becoming chief, but looks forward to the challenge just the same.
“One reason I took the position was to see the auxiliary move forward in a professional manner,” he said. “Our goals are to open the lines of communication between all city departments and to assist the Police Departments and other city departments as necessary.
“I also want to foster good relations between the officers and the community. I believe our presence in the public view helps the city deter crime as well as any disputes at functions.”
It was the professional appearance of auxiliary officers under the guidance of now-Commander Gerald Schaffer that prompted Domski to join the auxiliary.
“He had the guys lined up very professional,” Domski said. “I had been attending a small business class and they suggested we get active in the community so I was looking for something to get involved in. When I saw them lined up, it was impressive.”
Domski said the Auxiliary Police Department is accepting applications for membership. A new training class starts in January.
Other officers in the regular Police Department administration had praise for Domski.
“Larry is very dedicated to the Auxiliary Police,” said Chief of Police Dale Tamsen. “He will do an excellent job leading the organization.”
“I’ve known Larry for a long time,” added Lt. Mark Tonge. “As the police liaison officer to the auxiliary, I am very much looking forward to working with him.”
Domski and his wife, Lisa, have a 4-year-old daughter, Alyse.
Ronald Vaughn was appointed commander of the Taylor Auxiliary Police, succeeding Domski. Other commanders are Cecil Chalmers, Gerald Schaffer and John Muse.
Other officers promoted in the volunteer department include Lt. Justin Modarski, Lt. Matthew Harvey, Sgt. Paul Beaven, Sgt. Daniel J. Smith, Sgt. Jeffrey Witmer, Cpl. Margaret Boiler, Cpl. Michael Gadwell, Cpl. Carl Engle, Cpl. Daniel Laurel, Cpl. Rodney Meyers and Cpl. Kathleen Laginess.
(To be eligible for the Taylor Auxiliary Police, a candidate must be at least 21 years old, have a clean criminal record and clean driving record, be a U.S. citizen and have a high school diploma or general equivalency degree. For more information, call 734-374-4050.)