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Skotarczyk, a “Jack of All Trades”

Randolph Skotarczyk may be recognized as the retired Chief of Police of the City of Harper Woods, or he may be recognized as a martial arts instructor. Here, at St. Clair County Community College, he is recognized as the newest criminal justice instructor.

Although this is his first time teaching at St. Clair County Community College, he has also taught at Oakland County Community College and Macomb Community College. He has also instructed martial arts for 30 years and holds a fourth degree black belt in Tung Soo Do.

During the fall 2011 semester, Skotarczyk is teaching a total of seven classes, four different courses.  They are: Intro to Criminal Justice, Intro to Private Security, Legal Aspects for Law Enforcement and Delinquency Prevention and Control.

When it comes to advice for his students, Skotarczyk said, “Follow your dreams. Don’t be afraid to try new learning adventures.”

It is because of this mantra that Skotarczyk has the diverse background he now shares with the college.

Skotarczyk earned his Master’s degree at Central Michigan University in Administration. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Wayne State University. He also completed courses at Mercy College of Detroit and the University of Virginia. Skotarczyk is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy.

A Vietnam veteran, Skotarczyk completed two and a half years in the army as a combat medic and two years with the Navy as a Master at Arms.

His professional background consists of 32 years of service in Law Enforcement. June 3, 2011, marked Skotarczyk’s official retirement as Chief of Police for the city of Harper Woods.

“I worked my way up. I worked patrol, undercover, and spent 15 years as a Lieutenant as Commander of Operations,” said Skotarczyk. He also is a certified firefighter, but is not currently working. When it comes to firefighting he said, “Once a firefighter, always a firefighter.”

In the private sector, Skotarczyk also works for Redstone Public Safety Consulting.

“I have been married for 32 wonderful years,” says Skotarczyk, “My wife’s name is Kat and we have a daughter named Maria.”  Maria, age 26, “has also given me two beautiful grandchildren,” said Skotarczyk.

Skotarczyk enjoys listening to and playing music on a piano or guitar. He collects guitars and has 17 in his collection so far.

He also loves to act. With more than 20 years experience, his most recent acting can be seen in an independent film by KMR Films that is showing in Royal Oak, Mi this week.

Rachel Olivia Kobylas

Staff Writer