KDPS Chief Vernon Coakley tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 4:41 PM, Dec 10, 2020

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Chief Vernon Coakley of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety has been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the City of Kalamazoo.

“My COVID-19 diagnosis is an important reminder for our community to remain vigilant and continue taking the proper precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19,” says Chief Coakley. “I will be self-isolating until I am cleared by medical professionals and will follow their guidance.”

We’re told that Coakley is at home following health protocols.

“We wish Chief Coakley a speedy recovery and will provide updates on his condition when they become available,” says Jim Ritsema, Kalamazoo City Manager. Ritsema advises everyone to wear masks, practice social distancing and frequent hand washing to curb the spread of coronavirus.