Jack Brown

1999 FOP Member of the Year

This year the Member of the Year Committee had a very hard time deciding which of the candidates submitted should be the winner of the distinguished "Jack Dudek" Award. After a lot of reading and soul searching, an outstanding member of the FOP was chosen. He is Jack Brown, the former Executive Director of the Michigan State Lodge. He was nominated by David A. Hiller, National Trustee, on behalf of the Executive Board of the Michigan State Lodge. Mr. Hiller has known Brother Jack for many years. Jack Brown's contribution to the police officers in Michigan or any other group that took the time to call him is unprecedented.

Jack began his law enforcement career in 1965, when he was hired as a patrol officer with the Ferndale Police Department in Michigan. He worked his way up through the ranks and was promoted to Sergeant in 1973 and Lieutenant in 1976. He took an early out retirement in 1981 to assume the newly created position of Executive Director for the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police.

During his career, here are a few things he did to improve our profession and his community:

  • Helped draft legislation that would forever change the labor process for police and fire
  • Directed the entire concept and implementation of the establishment of the first FOP Labor Council in Michigan
  • Developed a program called KIDS—DON'T GO WITH STRANGERS in order to warn children and their parents
  • South Oakland Lodge #130 Trustee in 1968 and Lodge President in 1969 and 1970
  • State Vice President in 1971 and 1972
  • State President in 1973, 1974, and again in 1978
  • From 1975 to 1977, Jack served as the State National Trustee
  • In 1980, he was hired as the first Executive Director for Michigan and served this position until his retirement in July 1999
  • Served on various committees including the National Labor Committee, the Insurance Committee and since 1995 has served as chairman of the Education Services Committee

Jack has dedicated his life to the FOP and his accomplishments will be hard to match. During his career, he has had but one focus—what is best for the FOP. We wish Jack the best with his retirement and congratulations on this outstanding award!