Inaugural golf outing remembers former EMU chief of police Greg O'Dell

"Keeping His Dream Alive"

by Debra Johnson, Published August 23, 2012


YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University will host a golf outing honoring the late Greg O'Dell, former Chief of Police at EMU, who died in Dec. 2011.

The first annual Greg O'Dell Golf Outing is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28, at Eagle Crest Golf Club in Ypsilanti. The outing costs $125 per golfer or $50 for the dinner only portion. A schedule of the day's events is below:

        8:00 a.m.        Registration

        9:15 a.m.        Free clinic with golf pro Craig Piscopink

      10:00 a.m.        Shotgun start 

      12:00 p.m.        Lunch on the course

        3:00 p.m.        Dinner and silent auction

Greg O'Dell

O'Dell became executive director of the Eastern Michigan University Department of Public Safety in 2008. He was a highly respected member of the EMU administration who held a deep passion for his alma mater.

"Greg was genuinely admired for his tremendous contributions to our community and was a key member of the leadership team at Eastern," said President Susan Martin. "I am pleased a golf outing has been established in Greg's memory along with a scholarship in his name to benefit criminal justice students."

O'Dell graduated from EMU in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1996. He was also a graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Va., and the EMU School for Staff and Command.

Prior to joining Eastern, O'Dell served as the deputy chief of the Ann Arbor Police Department for four years. During his almost 20 years with the Ann Arbor Police Department, O'Dell served in numerous positions, including interim chief from November 2005 to June 2006. He joined the Ann Arbor Police Department as an officer in 1988 and became a detective in 1993, was promoted to sergeant in 1998 and promoted to lieutenant in 2000. O'Dell was born in Flint in 1957 and graduated from Clio High School.

Proceeds from the golf outing will fund the Greg O'Dell Criminal Justice Student Scholarship - established for students who are pursuing a career in criminal justice.

To register for the golf outing, or to make a donation, visit the Greg O'Dell Golf Outing homepage. Eagle Crest Golf Club is located at 1275 S. Huron Street, Ypsilanti, MI. For more information about the golf event, contact Wes Blevins at 734-487-2441 or email at






Debra Johnson

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