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Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Annie Todd relishing new role: Game Changers interview with 3News' Dave Chudowsky

How the Cleveland native worked her way up the ranks.

CLEVELAND — On Sept. 12, Annie Todd was sworn in as the new deputy chief of Cleveland police, replacing Joellen O’Neill after the 30-year veteran retired. 

Raised in Cleveland and a graduate of St. Joe’s, Todd has spent the past 21 years protecting and serving the city of Cleveland.

Her experience, dedication to the job and charisma made her the clear choice to be the second level to Chief of Police Chief Wayne Drummond.

"This is not where I would've ever expected to be in my career," Todd said.  

She started as a traffic controller when she was 25 years old, and since first joining the department more than two decades ago she has held roles as sergeant, lieutentant and commander before stepping into the deputy chief role in September.

Todd has also received the medal of heroism and the distinguished service medal.

3News' Dave Chudowsky talked with Todd for his latest edition of Game Changers, which you can watch in the player at the top of this story. They discuss how she navigated this journey, future goals and being a woman in the police force.


Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in an unrelated story on Nov. 3, 2022.

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