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Posted on: April 19, 2021

Press Release From Mayor Richard Bain

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   April 19, 2021

CONTACT:  MAYOR RICHARD BAIN

CITY OF PEPPER PIKE

216 896-6126

Press Release

 

             Mayor Richard Bain is very pleased to announce the appointment of Detective Sergeant Karl Dietz of the City of Pepper Pike Police Department to be the incoming Chief of Police. Chief Joe Mariola has previously announced his retirement from the department.  

             Since joining the department in 1999, Sergeant Dietz has risen to the rank of Sergeant, serving as its Detective Sgt. since 2015.  Since 2016 he has also periodically served as Acting Chief during absences of the Chief.  

              In addition to conducting all major crime criminal investigations, Sgt. Dietz supervises other officers, including the School Resource Officer, weekend Officers in Charge, and supervises and oversees the Department’s Evidence Room and procedures. Trained in computerized Voice Stress Analysis, Sgt. Dietz assists in the interview of all potential employees of both the police and fire departments. He has been a Shift Supervisor, liaison to the Shaker Heights Municipal Court, Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas and has served as public relations officer for all news media.  His responsibilities have included supervision of officer details and shifts as well as scheduling and assisting in policy drafting and implementation. 

            The City has previously adopted a model for its Police Chief similar to the model adopted for the Fire Department. As Chief, he will continue to fill a weekly role as an active duty police officer, in addition to fulfilling his Chief responsibilities.  The City has tested this model since 2013 in the Police Department and concluded that it successfully accomplishes the needs of the City. The model allows the City to more effectively utilize the leadership position as it does not lose the benefit of Sgt. Dietz’s many years of professional experience as a police officer and executive administrator. It also results in significant cost savings for the department by utilizing its top-ranked official as a line officer as well. It also serves as a promotional opportunity within the Department for officers who seek to advance in rank.

          Sergeant Dietz states his goal is “to lead the Pepper Pike Police Department by example and through timely feedback and continuous training for our officers.  The police department will reflect the values and goals of our City leaders and residents as we continue to serve the public in a courteous and professional manner.”

            Commenting on the appointment of Detective Sergeant Dietz, Mayor Bain states; 

“I have great respect and confidence in the department in general and in our “Sergeant” leadership team. The City is fortunate to have truly skilled and capable professionals who could fulfill the Chief role. We will also be filling the Executive Lieutenant position which has for a time been vacant.  It is because of that I turned to our own men to forge the new leadership team I would like to see take the department forward. That team is critical to the success of the department and a job of the Chief is to maintain a culture of being guardians of the public’s welfare.   The most important task of our new Chief will be to lead the department by tone, temper and example.

Sergeant Dietz is the right person and best suited to lead at this time.  My decision is not a lack of confidence in any of the other officers. They are all terrific in their roles.  It was my job to judge who is the best overall leader for the department, a decision made easier by the great support for his appointment to the position which Karl received from his fellow Sergeants. 

I also thank the review panel who assisted me in this process, consisting of our City Prosecutor Thomas Hanculak, City Administrator/Finance Director Joe Brodzinski and outgoing Chief Joe Mariola.  We are confident Sergeant Dietz will prove to be a great Chief.” 

          The appointment of Sgt. Dietz will be offered for approval by the City Council on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:30 pm. Subject to that approval, he will be sworn in as Chief of the department at an outdoor ceremony on April 29th, 12:00 noon in Pepper Pike Park. 

For additional information regarding this Press Release, please contact:

Mayor Richard Bain at 216 896-6126

 

 

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