On Wednesday, September 7, 2022, The Cleveland Police Environmental Crimes Task Force conducted a search warrant at 14915 Woodworth in connection with extreme illegal dumping violations. Multiple samples were collected by the Ohio EPA to determine if harmful pollutants were released due to the manner in which the solid waste was handled. The offender has multiple illegal dumping convictions being sentenced to heavy fines and jail time in the past.
On top of being a crime, Illegal dumping sites like this one can cause a multitude of quality of life problems for neighboring residents on top of the harmful environmental ramifications. The Cleveland Division of Police Environmental Crimes Task Force works closely with community members to fight illegal dumping. To report illegal dumping, call 216-621-1234.
CLEVELAND – Mayor Justin M. Bibb, Director of Public Safety Karrie D. Howard and Police Chief Wayne Drummond announce that Cleveland Police Deputy Chief, Executive Officer Joellen O’Neill is retiring after serving with the Cleveland Division of Police for thirty years. Deputy Chief Joellen O’Neill most recently served as the Deputy Chief, Executive Officer of the Division of Police, working directly under the Chief of Police for the last eight years. As the Deputy Chief, Executive Officer, she has been responsible for the daily operation of the Division and the Chief’s Office including the Bureau of Compliance and acting as Chief when needed. Deputy Chief O’Neill has been instrumental in countless high-level projects and operations, including the implementation of compliance procedures with the Consent Decree, initiating the Mental Health Response Advisory Committee with the ADAMHS Board, acting as the interim CIT Coordinator when needed, managing the entire police budget, moving technology integration and improvements forward, performance management and promotional assessments. She also brought the IACP’s Leadership in Police Organization training program to Division which is now taught by trained CDP instructors. Deputy Chief O’Neill received several awards throughout her career including the Chief’s Meritorious Service Award.
Deputy Chief Joellen O’Neill was appointed to the Cleveland Division of Police in January of 1992. She worked basic patrol in the Third District and as a detective in the Crime Scene Unit. She was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2001, to Lieutenant in 2003 and appointed to Commander of Human Resources/Support Services in 2006. She was also promoted to the Civil Service rank of Captain in 2012, but remained in her appointed Commander position. In 2014, she was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief, Executive Officer where she served until retiring today, September 9, 2022. Deputy Chief Joellen O’Neill has also served in supervisory roles in the Communications Control Section, the Fourth District, the Personnel Unit, the Fifth District and the Personnel Section. She is a graduate of John Carroll University as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.
“Deputy Chief Joellen O’Neill has been a tireless champion, dedicated to the citizens of Cleveland and the advancement of the Cleveland Division of Police,” said Chief Director of Public Safety Karrie D. Howard. “Her leadership and knowledge will be truly missed. We wish her a happy and well-deserved retirement.”
“I have served the Division of Police alongside Deputy Chief Joellen O’Neill for many years and value our relationship as colleagues and as friends,” said Police Chief Wayne Drummond. “Joellen has served the Division with great integrity and has always had the best interest of the City of Cleveland and Cleveland Police officers at heart. I will miss working with her and wish her the very best in her retirement.”
City of Cleveland, Department of Public Safety, Division of Police Announces Appointment of New Deputy Chief, Chief of Staff
CLEVELAND – Mayor Justin M. Bibb, Director of Public Safety Karrie D. Howard and Police Chief Wayne Drummond announce that Commander Dorothy (Annie) Todd has been appointed as the new Deputy Chief, Chief of Staff effective today, September 12, 2022. Deputy Chief Dorothy Todd most recently served as the Commander of the Cleveland Division of Police Third District. As the Deputy Chief, Chief of Staff, Todd will be responsible for the daily internal operations of the Division. Deputy Chief Dorothy Todd has served as the Incident Commander for numerous high profile events within the downtown area including Presidential visits and debates, MLB All Star, the NFL Draft, NBA All-Star, the Cleveland Air Show, as well as parades, marches, demonstrations and festivals.
Deputy Chief Dorothy Todd was appointed to the Cleveland Division of Police in September of 2000. She was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2012, and to Lieutenant in 2017. In 2019, she was promoted to the rank of Commander of the Third District, overseeing many of the City’s vibrant neighborhoods including Downtown, Fairfax, Hough, Central and Little Italy. Deputy Chief Dorothy Todd has also served in supervisory roles in the First District and the Office of the Chief. She the recipient of multiple awards including the Medal of Heroism and the Distinguished Service Medal.
“I am proud to announce the appointment of Annie Todd as Deputy Chief, Executive Officer” said Police Chief Wayne Drummond. “I have watched Deputy Chief Todd’s actions over the course of many operations, and have seen her perform at a high level as a District Commander over the years. I am confident she is the right person for this role and I look forward to working with her as we move forward.”
Today, the Flags for Honor ceremony was held at Edgewater Park, paying tribute to military members and first responders. The event is sponsored by the FBI Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association and Pubco. Deputy Chief Harold Pretel spoke today and gave perspective as both a Marine and a Police Deputy Chief. Hundreds of flags, each dedicated to a recipient, will remain at Edgewater Park through the weekend.
Detectives seek the public’s help to identify male at homicide scene
The Cleveland Division of Police Homicide Unit is seeking the public’s help to identify the male in these photos. On July 27, 2022, 16 year old Arthur McKeller was shot and killed in the 1700 block of Clark Avenue. The male in the photos may be a witness to the incident. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the individual is asked to contact investigators at 216-623-5464. Anonymous information can be provided by calling Crimestoppers at 216-25-CRIME.