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Nashville Police Chief Chris Koster dies in crash

Nashville Police Chief Chris Koster was appointed in April 2015.

Taylor Owens

Staff Writer

Nashville Police Chief Chris Koster was killed on the morning of Sept. 26 in a single-vehicle crash in Kalamazoo County.

The accident occurred on North 32nd Street, north of E B Avenue, in Richland Township at 8:38 a.m. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department said Koster, 59, was northbound when his vehicle went off the road and struck a tree.

Nashville Village President Mike Kenyon called it. “a tragic death in the Village of Nashville’s family.”

The father and son of police officers, Koster spent 27 years in law enforcement in Allegan County before the Nashville Village Council unanimously voted to appoint him as the police chief in April 2015.

According to his obituary with Winkel Funeral Home, Koster was part of the Allegan County Dive Team and, as a detective, specialized in solving crimes against children. He is survived by his wife Michelle, and sons Kyle of Schoolcraft and Hunter of Plainwell.

“Chris very much wanted to take a small-town department and mold it, and that’s why he was such a perfect fit for us,” Kenyon said. “He brought our department into the 21st century, and we will always be grateful for that.”

Kenyon said the village intends to pay tribute to Koster, and information on those plans will be posted at the door of the Nashville Village Office as they are decided.

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