Mayor-Elect Bibb identifies interim chief of police


Mayor-Elect Bibb has identified Deputy Chief of Police Dornat A. “Wayne” Drummond as Interim Chief of Police to temporarily replace retiring Chief of Police Calvin Williams whose last day will be Jan. 3rd. 

“We must maintain top-level expertise in this role while we search for a new Police Chief. Deputy Chief Drummond is highly regarded for his service, and I look forward to working with him,” Mayor-Elect Justin Bibb said.

Deputy Chief Drummond, a deputy chief since 2014, is a 32-year veteran of the Cleveland Division of Police. He has climbed the ranks from walking the beat as a patrol officer to serving as commander of the 6th District in 2005.

Other positions he held include Strike Force Detective, Case Preparation Officer and Equal Employment Officer. He also served as Public Information Officer and taught Law Enforcement Ethics at Cuyahoga Community College. 

Currently, he oversees field operations, the Bureau of Traffic, which includes the mounted division, and the Bureau of Community Relations.

Drummond graduated from the University of Toledo and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy’s 230th Session.

“I am honored to be selected to lead the force during this period of transition. Keeping Cleveland safe has always been my number one priority,” Drummond said.

Once Mayor-Elect Bibb takes office on Jan. 3rd, the administration will work with an executive search firm with experience recruiting for police departments in major cities across the country. The firm will search far and wide and seek talent nationally and locally. Community engagement will be an important part of the process to determine community expectations for the role.

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