Richland, MI – Nashville Police Chief Chris Koster died in a single-vehicle crash as he was driving to work on Sept. 26.
Chief Koster, 59, was traveling northbound on North 32nd Street, when his vehicle went off the roadway and slammed into a tree at approximately 8:30 a.m., WILX reported.
The off-duty chief was alone in his vehicle at the time of the collision, and subsequently died of his injuries.
The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office, WBCH reported.
Prior to his career with the Nashville Police Department (NPD), Chief Koster spent over 27 years serving the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department (ACSD), according to MLive.
He retired from the ACSD in 2011.
“When he was interviewing for our open position at the [NPD], there was no doubt at the end of our interview who our chief was going to be,” Nashville Mayor Mike Kenyon told WOOD.
Kenyon said the village felt lucky that a law enforcement officer of Chief Koster’s caliber wanted to join their four-man team.
“He brought our department into the 21st century,” the mayor told WOOD. “It was just wonderful to see the way he carried himself and his professionalism here in town.”
Kenyon noted that Chief Koster was a proponent of community policing, WILX reported.
“He was a professional through-and-through,” the mayor added.
He served as the Nashville police chief for more than four years, according to MLive.
Former Allegan County Sheriff Blane Koops said that he worked side-by-side with Chief Koster at the ACSD for 17 years, WOOD reported.
“He made a difference,” Sheriff Koops said. “He’s the type of cop you want in your community.”
Chief Koster’s father was a Plainwell Department of Public Safety officer, and both of his sons are law enforcement officers, MLive reported.
He is also survived by his wife, according to WOOD.
Chief Koster will be laid to rest on Wednesday, according to MLive.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Nashville Police Chief Chris Koster, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.