Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Retires
Deputy Chief, Executive Officer Retires
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.”