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Miami Township Police Chief Ronald L. Hess has been named township administrator having served as the interim since November 2017. He stepped down as police chief during Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting, followed by the swearing in of the new police chief, Captain Charles Stiegelmeyer. Former administrator, Gregory Rogers, remains on active military duty.
“Ron has done an exemplary job managing both the police department and township administration,” Trustee President Doug Barry said. “Trustees Morris, Culp and I know that he’s been juggling a lot and it’s time to allow him to focus solely on managing township needs that lead to quality services for our residents.”
Hess has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience, having served as Miami Township police chief since 2013. Under his supervision, the Miami Township Police Department earned CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) accreditation for the department’s exemplary police policies and procedures in serving the community.
“While it’s been my honor to serve as police chief, I look forward to working with the administrative staff full-time to move the township forward. We’re working on a lot of projects right now, so it is an exciting time for us,” Administrator Hess said.
Chief Stiegelmeyer came to the township as the professional standards captain in September 2018. He becomes the eighth sworn officer to become township chief.
“Charlie has the depth of experience that our department needs to perform at its finest,” Barry said. “At the same time, he is well-versed on the newest technology and procedures that can help our officers better protect and serve the community and with the recent passage of a new levy, the department will be better staffed and more prepared to respond to emergencies.”
Chief Stiegelmeyer has nearly 40 years of law enforcement experience, most notably as chief of police for the city of Powell, Ohio, and as a special agent supervisor for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He is a graduate of the 132nd session of the Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Command course and the 32nd session of the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program. He has also served as a field commander for the D.A.R.T. Drug Task Force, assistant field commander for the R.A.N.G.E. Task Force and the director of the Tactical Crime Suppression Unit. He holds a Master of Science degree in criminal justice administration from the University of Cincinnati.
“I’ve only been here a short time, but it is obvious that we have dedicated officers out on patrol everyday working with our residents, and our support staff in the office goes above and beyond day in and day out to keep the department running smoothly. I look forward to continuing and advancing the professional standards within the department that Administrator Hess cultivated through his years of service,” Chief Stiegelmeyer said.
Also, at the May 14 Board of Trustees meeting, township Police Sergeant Jay Phares was named the 2018 Miami Township Police Officer of the Year as selected by his peers and two new police chaplains were introduced who will serve the department.
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May 14, 2019
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