Cleveland Police Commander Gary Gingell Retires After 41 Years of Service

Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Director of Public Safety Karrie D. Howard and Police Chief Calvin D. Williams announce that Cleveland Police Commander Gary Gingell is retiring after serving with the Cleveland Division of Police for over forty-one years.  Commander Gary Gingell most recently served as the Commander of the Bureau of Special Services, overseeing the Narcotics unit, the SWAT Unit, the Gang Impact Unit, and the Fugitive Unit.  Commander Gingell also supervised Cleveland Police investigators assigned to The Cartel Gang Narcotics & Laundering Task Force (CGNL) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and Stand Together Against Neighborhood Crime Everyday (STANCE).

Commander Gary Gingell was appointed to the Cleveland Division of Police in January of 1980.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1983, Lieutenant in 1993 and Captain in 1997.  In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Commander of the Bureau of Special Services where he served until retiring in 2012.  He was rehired and reappointed to the rank of Commander by Mayor Frank G. Jackson in 2012.  Commander Gingell was also a key member of the United States Attorney’s heroin and Opioid Task Force, working passionately to combat drug activity and to find ways for law enforcement to assist those suffering from addiction.

Commander Gary Gingell officially retires from the Cleveland Division of Police on September 10, 2021. Click here to view his headshot.

“Commander Gary Gingell has been an admirable leader throughout his career with the Cleveland Division of Police,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.  “Over the years, I have seen the effort he has put forth to combat crime and to help the citizens of the City of Cleveland.  Commander Gingell has laid the groundwork and set a solid example for those who follow him.”

“I have great respect for Commander Gary Gingell, having worked with him to fight crime as a prosecutor,” said Director of Public Safety Karrie D. Howard.  “Commander Gingell has been an asset to the Department of Public Safety and I wish him a long and happy retirement.”

“I have worked alongside Gary for many, many years and have long considered him to be one of the most effective leaders I have known,” said Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams. “He has served the City and the men and women of the Division of Police with honor for almost forty-two years, which is incredible.  Commander Gary Gingell, I wish you well and I hope you have a wonderful retirement.”

Lieutenant Kevin Kincaid will serve as the Acting Commander of the Bureau of Special Services until a new member of the Cleveland Division of Police Command Staff is appointed.