Board Members

By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor with excerpts from The Macomb Daily

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer selected MAP Executive Board Vice President Mike Kunath to serve on the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) in August.3DSeal

Kunath, a Sterling Heights Police Officer, is completing the four-year term of the late Rich Heins, MAP Labor Relations Specialist and MCOLES Commissioner since December 2016. Heins unexpectedly passed away April 28, 2019 after developing serious infections. Kunath was nominated by MAP Executive Director Fred Timpner to fill MAP’s seat, with a term expiring Dec. 31, 2021.

“It was an honor when Fred Timpner asked me to apply for this position,” Kunath said. “I will be glad to help MAP and MAP members as much as I can.”

Photo courtesy of Sterling Heights PD                      Sterling Heights Police Officer Michael Kunath

Kunath worked alongside Heins for many years, serving as Sterling Heights Police Officers Association (POA) Board member since 2005 and as Grievance Chairman until January 2018. When Heins retired as MAP Executive Board President and Sterling Heights POA President in 2018, Kunath was elected as Executive Board Vice President and President of Sterling Heights POA. He’s served on the negotiations team through four contract negotiations.

Sterling Heights Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski said the department is proud to have Kunath represent the men and women of law enforcement as an MCOLES Commissioner. "Mike has spent the majority of his career on the road handling every conceivable type of police run you can think of," Dwojakowski said in an article in The Macomb Daily. "Mike is a senior officer who knows his job and is always willing to help out our younger officers. He is also well versed in union issues."

The 46-year-old has served as a Sterling Heights Police Officer for 24 years. He has worked as a Field Training Officer, certified Glock and Remington Armorer, and spent six years as a Defensive Tactics Instructor. Prior to that, Kunath was a police officer in Oscoda Township for four months and Royal Oak Township for eight months. He has an associate degree in Law Enforcement from Macomb Community College and completed the Macomb Police Academy in 1993.

By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor

Mike Hawkins has spent most of his career as a MAP member and representative, so it seemed a natural fit to take over as the new MAP Executive Board President when former President Rich Heins announced his retirement in December.

“Rich Heins did a great job,” Hawkins said. “When there was a vacancy and Fred reached out to see if I was interested, I felt I served enough time on the current board to step up and help out.”

A Trenton Police Lieutenant and member of Trenton Inspectors and Lieutenants Association, Hawkins began his law enforcement career at Gibraltar Police in 2000. He joined Trenton Police in 2001, becoming a K9 Officer and serving as local police union President for 10 years. He was voted onto MAP’s Executive Board in 2011, taking over the Treasurer’s position when a co-worker retired. He was later voted Executive Board Vice President.

“I replaced Rich Lyons when he was getting ready to retire. He was the Treasurer of MAP,” Hawkins said. “We (Trenton Police, Inspectors and Lieutenants) have been with MAP for as long as I’ve been here, and I’ve been here for 18 years.”

He’s felt honored to fill vacancies on the Executive Board, given all the Union has done for him and his co-workers. “When we went to the Defined Contribution pension system, MAP was a big part of helping us get back into the (Employer paid) pension,” Hawkins said. “We went from Defined Contribution to Defined Benefit and we were one of the only departments in the nation that went back into the pension system through our negotiations.”

Photo By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor                                                                        Michigan Association of Police (MAP) Executive Board unanimously re-elected board officers (from left) Treasurer Al Knapp of Waterford POA, Secretary Richard Day of Henry Ford Hospital, President Mike Hawkins of Trenton Inspectors & Lieutenants Association, and Vice President Mike Kunath of Sterling Heights POA. The board officers were elected to one-year terms in December 2019.

The Michigan Association of Police Executive Board Members

Executive Officers


Michael Hawkins

Trenton Inspectors & Lieutenants Association, 2872 W. Jefferson, Trenton MI 48183


Vice President:

Mike Kunath

Sterling Heights Police Department, 40333 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights MI 48313


Ricky Day

Henry Ford Hospital, 2799 West Grand Blvd, Detroit MI 48202


Al Knapp

Waterford Township Police Department, 5150 Civic Center Dr., Waterford MI 48329


Executive Director:

Fred Timpner
Michigan Association of Police
667 E. Big Beaver Rd., Suite 109, Troy, MI 48083

Executive Administrator:

Julie Palmquist
Michigan Association of Police
667 E. Big Beaver Rd., Suite 109, Troy, MI 48083