Newly Promoted Members of Police Command Staff
Michael Butler, Commander, First District
The Commander of the First District oversees the daily operations of the First Neighborhood Police District. Commander Michael Butler was appointed to the Cleveland Division of Police in 1992. Butler served the city as a Patrol Officer in the Fifth District before being promoted to Sergeant in 1998, Lieutenant in 2009 and to Captain in 2016. Commander Michael Butler most recently served as the Captain of Field Operations and Special Events Coordinator, managing major events for the Division of Police including the Cavs Parade, Republican National Convention, Marine Week, Major League Baseball All-Star Week, and this week’s NFL Draft.
He has accumulated over 28 years of service as an officer, earning several awards, including: multiple special Commendations, a Medal of Heroism, an Outstanding Community Service Officer Award, an Outstanding Service and Support Award for the 2020 Presidential Debate, and more.
He is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College.
Gordon Holmes, Commissioner, Bureau of Traffic
The Commissioner of the Bureau of Traffic oversees the Bureau of Traffic, including the Mounted Unit and the Motorcycle Unit. Commissioner Gordon Holmes was appointed to the Cleveland Division of Police in 1993. Holmes served the city as a Patrol Officer in the Third District before being promoted to Sergeant in 2001, and to Lieutenant in 2002. Commissioner Gordon Holmes has also served the Division of Police as a supervisor in the Fourth District’s Vice and Community Services Unit.
He has been serving as the Lieutenant in charge of the Bureau of Traffic since 2012, and has been the Bureau’s lead on major events for the Division of Police, including the Cavs Parade, Republican National Convention, Marine Week, Major League Baseball All-Star Week, and this week’s NFL Draft. He has earned a Medal of Honor, a Chief’s Commendation, a Distinguished Service Medal, and several letters of appreciation.
He is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College as well as the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection School.