Today, Mayor Jackson administered the Oath of Office to a new Director of Public Safety, Chief of Police, and two other key positions in the Division of Police Command Staff. Michael McGrath was sworn-in as Director of Public Safety, Calvin D. Williams was sworn-in as Chief of Police, Dornat “Wayne” A. Drummond was sworn-in as Deputy Chief of Police, and Dennis S. Hill was sworn-in as Commander of the 5th District.
Director of Public Safety – Michael C. McGrath
Safety Director Michael McGrath began his career with the Cleveland Division of Police after being a police officer in both East Cleveland and Strongsville. He graduated as Top Cadet from the Cleveland Police Academy and began his service with the City of Cleveland in June of 1981. He was assigned to the First District, where he became a Strike Force Detective and was promoted to Sergeant in 1985 and assigned to the Fourth District.
Next, he was assigned to the SWAT unit and then, in 1997, Commander of the Fourth District. In March of 2005, he was appointed Chief of Police. McGrath has earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from John Carroll University.
Chief of Police – Calvin D. Williams
Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams was appointed to the Division of Police on February 24, 1986 which gives him 27 years and 10 months with the Division. In 1989, he was assigned to the SWAT Unit where he served for nine years. Williams was promoted to Sergeant in July 1997 and became the SWAT Unit Supervisor, a position he held for two years. Chief Williams has also served as the supervisor of both the Vice Unit in the Fourth District and the Fugitive Unit.
In 2005, Chief Williams became the Cleveland Police Liaison to the US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and was promoted to Commander of the Third District in March of 2006. Then in September of 2011, he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Field Operations where he was responsible for the oversight, management and efficiency of the five Neighborhood Police Districts, the Bureau of Community Policing, the Bureau of Traffic and the Office of Special Events for the Division. Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams is the Department’s 40th Chief of Police.
Deputy Chief of Police – Dornat “Wayne” A. Drummond
Deputy Chief of Police, Dornat “Wayne” A. Drummond began his career in law enforcement in 1989 when he was appointed to the Cleveland Division of Police. Deputy Chief Drummond held various positions in the Division of Police throughout his career, including Strike Force Detective, Case Preparation Officer, Equal Employment Officer and Public Information Officer. He achieved the rank of Sergeant in 2000 and became a Lieutenant in 2002. In 2005, he was appointed as Commander of the 6th District (currently the 5th District). Deputy Chief Drummond is a graduate of the University of Toledo and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy’s 230th Session. He has also taught Ethics in Law Enforcement at Cuyahoga Community College.
Commander, 5th District – Dennis S. Hill
Commander Hill was appointed to the Division of Police in 1988 and was assigned to the Third District where he served as a patrol officer, field training officer, and Strike Force Detective. Commander Hill ascended through various ranks and positions within the Division of Police before being promoted to Captain and assigned as support captain, in charge of the 5th District’s Detective Unit, Vice Unit, Community Services Unit and Administrative office. Commander Hill is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College, the Ohio Highway Patrol Academy’s Management in Law Enforcement program, and Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University and Neighborhood Leadership.
Executive Assistant to the Mayor – Martin L. Flask
Martin L. Flask, formerly Director of Public Safety, will now serve as an Executive Assistant to the Mayor. In this new role, he will focus on tasks, primarily with a Public Safety focus directly assigned by Mayor Jackson. Flask had served as Director of Public Safety for eight years. In 1973, he began his service with the Cleveland Division of Police and rose through the ranks to Chief of Police, a position from which he retired in 2001.
Following his retirement in 2001, Flask was appointed Security Manager and Airport Security Coordinator for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. He served as the liaison between the Transportation Security Administration of the Department of Homeland Security and the Airport. He was responsible for the development and implementation of airport security programs, emergency planning, Airport Security, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting, and emergency medical responses.