Plainwell Department of Public Safety

Location: 119 Island Avenue on the North Side of M-89 east of Harding's.

Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Non-emergency number: (269) 685-9858

Silent Observer number: 1-855-SILENT-O- or 1-855-745-3686

Emergency Number: 911

Nixle Program Sign-Up:

The Plainwell Department of Public Safety is on the job 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide prompt police and fire emergency response and to maintain a safe and secure community. This is accomplished through actively patrolling streets, responding to calls for assistance and direct interaction with schools on a daily basis, with other organizations and with individual citizens when requested. More than 3,000 calls are received each year through Allegan Central Dispatch.

In December of 2012, the Public Safety Department moved into its newly renovated facility, combining both police and fire operations in one building. With both the police and fire being housed in one building, it has increased the efficiency by having staff and equipment all in the same location. This 14,100 sq. ft. strucutre once served as the former Plainwell Paper Mill waste water facility. By renovating this building versus new construction, the city was able to save a significant amount of money.

All department members are cross-trained as police officers, firefighters and medical first responders to provide professional and courteous public safety services to our community.


Director of Public Safety, Bill Bomar (
Detective/Sergeant John Varley (
PSO Aaron Chapman
PSO David Rantz
PSO James Pell
PSO Jeffrey Welcher
PSO Michael Bruce
Pt-PSO Eric Luthy
Pt-PSO Jeffrey Lehmann
(15) On-Call Firefighters
Records Clerk, Joy Sausaman
Pt-Records Clerk, Angela Doster

Other Area Agency Contacts:

Allegan County Central Dispatch (269) 673-3899 or 911 in emergency
Michigan State Police (269) 792-2213
57th District Court (269) 673-0400
Allegan County Prosecutor's Office (269) 673-0280

What is Nixle?

Information regarding road closings, criminal activity and many other public safety advisories in the Plainwell area are now accessible to anyone who signs up for the Nixle program. The Plainwell Department of Public Safety has launched a new community information system through the Website It allows those who sign up to receive updates via the Internet, text messages or e-mails.
The Nixle system can send out a wide range of advisories from traffic backups and weather warnings to information on criminal activity directly to residents. What makes it even better is the fact that Nixle's services are free for municipalities and citizens receiving the updates.
Users simply register at, choose what types of alerts they want to receive and how they want to receive them. Users will be asked to give their address in order to receive updates specific to their area of the city. Plainwell DPS can send out updates to an area as small as within a quarter mile.

Click image below to download the Plainwell Department of Public Safety's 2012 Annual Report