The recent retirement of F/Lt. Mike Dawson from the Michigan State Police at Niles has paved the way for his replacement to take the reins effective tomorrow. State Police officials say that Lt. Ryan Schoonveld has been promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant and assigned to the Niles Post to fill the post commander role in relief of Dawson.
As the new post commander, Schoonveld will be responsible for the operation of the Niles Post and the Hagar Detachment, and will manage the delivery of Michigan State Police services to the people of Berrien and Cass counties.
Schoonveld enlisted with the department in 1999 and graduated as a member of the 118th Trooper Recruit School. In his 21-year career, Schoonveld has previously served at the Monroe Post, the former Bridgman Post, the Niles Post and the Paw Paw Post. He has held the ranks of trooper, detective trooper, sergeant, and lieutenant.
Schoonveld is originally from Holland, Michigan and holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois. He resides in St. Joseph with his wife and has four children. Today marks his last day as the assistant post commander at the Paw Paw Post.
When asked about his assignment to the Niles Post and his plans for the post and community Lt. Schoonveld said, “I am excited to join the exceptional team at the Niles Post. Community is very important to me and I look forward to working with all my local partners again to serve Berrien and Cass counties. It has been a challenging time during this pandemic for both law enforcement and the community. I look forward to engaging with you and am ready to listen, to lead by example, and continue providing the excellent service you have come to expect out of the MSP Niles Post.”
The promotion of Schoonveld is effective tomorrow, Sunday, November 29th.