Calvin D. Williams new Police Chief

James W. Wade III | 2/11/2014, 9:39 p.m.
He was assigned to the SWAT unit and then, in 1997, Commander of the Fourth District. In March of 2005, ...
Mayor Frank G. Jackson swears in new Cleveland Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams. Photo by James W. Wade III

Cleveland now has a Black Chief of Police.

Calvin D. Williams was sworn in Mon. Feb. 10, to take the place of former chief Michael McGrath. Williams was appointed to the Division of Police on Feb. 24, 1986, giving him 27 years and 10 months of service.

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. Williams also served as the supervisor of both the Vice Unit in the Fourth District and the Fugitive Unit.

In 2005, he 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.

Williams become the department’s 40th chief of police.

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.

McGrath was sworn-in as director of Public Safety, Dornat “Wayne” A. Drummond was sworn-in as deputy chief of Police, and Dennis S. Hill was sworn-in as commander of the Fifth District.

The community has asked many times for Black leadership in the ranks of the police and the call has been answered. The concern of the community has been breaking up the good ole boys club especially after the 137 shooting that took place on Nov. 29, 2012 where two Black’s were gunned down in the car in East Cleveland by 13 Cleveland Police.

McGrath and the former safety director administered punishment for all involved in the chase but nothing yet for the actual shooting. McGrath who could only administer 10 days in his position, now in the new position, can follow through as the man who has the final say along with the mayor.

Drummond began his career in law enforcement in 1989 when he was appointed to the Cleveland Division of Police. He 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 Sixth District (currently the Fifth District). 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.

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.

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.

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. He 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 Fifth District’s Detective Unit, Vice Unit, Community Services Unit and Administrative office. 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.

Former Safety Director Martin Flask did not retire or get fired. He is now working as a special executive assistant to Mayor Jackson.