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The Director of Public Safety is responsible for overall administration, coordination and management of the Police Department and the Fire Department.  Responsibilities include planning, organizing, staffing, coordinating, budgeting, and reporting all activities of both departments.  Also provides progressive management and leadership, including direction of community-policing oriented activities.  

Mike Lance, Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police

Police Department

The staff of the Jonesville Police Department takes great pride in serving the citizens, schools, businesses, and visitors to the community. Three full-time officers and four part-time patrol officers provide Jonesville residents with round-the-clock police protection. All calls for police service are dispatched through Hillsdale County 911 Central Dispatch.

For both emergency and non-emergency police response, please call 911.

To contact any officer at the department or to speak with the Director of Public Safety, please call (517) 849-2101.

Typical services include the following:

  • Crime response, investigation, and reporting
  • Traffic crash reporting and traffic enforcement
  • Ordinance enforcement, animal complaints
  • Missing persons
  • Lost and Found property

As members of the Jonesville Police Department, it is our mission and duty to serve the citizens of our community, to protect all life and property, to apply the law fairly, ethically and equally to all, and to work in concert with the citizens of our community to improve quality of life.

We endeavor to achieve law enforcement's highest standard for excellence as we seek to eliminate crime and social disorder in collaboration with our community partners.


  • Service:  We strive to deliver professional police service in an unbiased manner.  We will continually improve ourselves, and the quality of service to the community.
  • Integrity:  We are committed to performing our work with the highest degree of honesty, integrity, and professionalism.
  • Honor:     We acknowledge the privilege of serving our community and will carry out our mission with pride and respect. 

Fire Department

What Does it Mean to be a Volunteer Firefighter?

The Jonesville Fire Department takes great pride in protecting and serving the community. Some of the duties of JCFD:

  • Respond to any fire - Structural, Vehicle, Wildland, Etc.
  • Vehicle and Personal Injury Accidents
  • Gas and Odor Investigation
  • Hazmat Incidents
  • Citizen Assists: Animal Rescue, Etc.
  • Electrical Wires Down
  • Community Events
  • Fire Safety Education Events

Did You Know? 

According to a 2014 report from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • Nationwide, volunteer fire departments save taxpayers $139.8 billion per year in firefighting costs.
  • About 70 percent of America’s firefighters are volunteers
  • 85 percent of the nation’s fire departments are all or mostly volunteer.
  • The smallest communities – those with fewer than 10,00 residents – are almost always served by volunteer departments.

The Jonesville Fire Department is Recruiting New Members 

Help us continue to provide quality, professional service to our community by joining us.  

  • Have you ever heard a siren or seen a fire engine – and wondered what was happening?
  • Have you ever witnessed or come upon a motor vehicle accident – and wished you could help?
  • Have you been there when someone was stricken with sudden illness – and wanted to assist?
  • Are you looking for new lifelong friendships, challenges and rewards?
  • Do you want to become involved in your community?

The Jonesville Fire Department provides training and equipment and no prior experience is needed.  Volunteer Firefighters are paid per call, per meeting and for each training session.  Firefighters are not expected to leave work, if employment doesn't allow.

Why not join the department and make a difference in this community?  Complete an Employment Application and submit to:

Jonesville City Hall
265 E. Chicago Street
Jonesville, MI 49250

We hope you make the decision to join us. Contact any Jonesville City Firefighter or call City Hall for more detailed information. 

Other Information

Camp Fire Permits – Call City Hall for more information.

The Storm Siren Testing is the first Monday of each month, April to October.  The severe weather siren tones are:

  • Watch – 30 second steady tone
  • Warning – 3 minutes up and down wail
Rick Riggs
Deputy Chief
Scott Lucas
Assistant Chief 
Nate Baker
Joe Luna




Dial 911 for Emergencies or
Non-Emergency Police Response

Mike Lance, Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police

Rick Riggs, Deputy Fire Chief

 Police Department, 116 W. Chicago Street
 (517) 849-2101

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