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Lansing Police Chief Dennis Murrin to retire in January

January 13, 2021, will end roughly 35 years of service

By Josh Bootsma
Chief Dennis Murrin

LANSING, Ill. (September 15, 2020) – Lansing Police Chief Dennis Murrin has announced his plans to retire on January 13, 2021, ending three and a half decades of work with the Lansing Police Department.

Murrin joined the police force as a cadet, and became a telecommunicator and part-time officer before being hired as a full-time police officer on January 13, 1991. His January 13, 2021 retirement date will mark exactly 30 years of full-time service. Murrin has been chief since 2009.

“It’s been a wonderful career, and I’ve loved every minute of it,” Murrin said. “I know this is cliché but it really is time to step aside and pursue some other interests in life and enjoy more time with my family.”

Murrin’s replacement has not yet been determined.

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.


  1. I for one am sad to hear the news, but happy he can have more time with his family. Chief you have been good for Lansing and have always done a great job for our community. Much happiness.

    Mary Beth Palka

  2. I am so sorry to hear that Lansing will be losing Chief Murrin. He has done an excellent job leading our police force and contributing to the strength of out community. All the best to him for whatever he pursues next.

  3. Sad, but happy for Chief Murrin. He has been a shinning star for all of us in Lansing. Glad to see he’ll have more family time. Now praying for our new Chief. God Bless Chief Murrin!

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