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Public Safety Administration

The Sturgis Department of Public Safety is led by an administrative team consisting of a Director of Public Safety, Deputy Director of Public Safety, and a Police Administrative Lieutenant. The Deputy Director of Public Safety is primarily responsible for oversight of Fire Department operations, while the Administrative Lieutenant handles those responsibilities on the Police side. The administrative team works closely with other police, fire, and city departments to provide the best possible public safety service to the citizens of Sturgis. 

Contact Information

Ryan Banaszak has served in the role of Director of Public Safety since September of 2020 after serving as Deputy Police Chief for 5 years. During his career he has served in a variety of roles to include Detective Sergeant, School Resource Officer, Road Patrol Sergeant, Narcotics Detective and was a member of the St. Joseph County Multi-Jurisdictional Special Response Team. Director Banaszak is a graduate of the 276th Session of the FBI National Academy. Director Banaszak is involved in a variety of boards within the State and St. Joseph County to include the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Legislative Committee, 911 Advisory Board and St. Joseph County Community Corrections Advisory Board. 

Andy Strudwick moved into the role of Deputy Director of Public Safety in September of 2020.  Prior to that appointment he served as the Deputy Fire Chief for eight years. During his career he has served in a variety of roles to include being a founding member of the Michigan 5th District Technical Rescue Team and was a member of the St. Joseph County Multi-Jurisdictional Special Response Team.

Damon Knapp has been with the Sturgis Police Department since 2002.  Prior to being promoted to Deputy Director Knapp served as an Administrative Lieutenant and previously as a shift Sergeant. During his career Knapp has served in a variety of roles to include school resource officer and the lead Evidence Tech of the St. Joseph County Major Crimes Task Force.  

Ryan Banaszak

Director of Public Safety

Phone:269.659.7261

rbanaszak@sturgismi.gov

Andy Strudwick

Deputy Director Fire Operations 

Phone:269.659.7237

astrudwick@sturgismi.gov

Damon Knapp

Deputy Director Police Operations 

Phone:269.659.7236

dknapp@sturgismi.gov 

Ericka Kruszka

Executive Administrative Assistant

Phone:269.659.7273

ekruszka@sturgismi.gov