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Cleveland Mayor-elect Justin Bibb identifies interim Chief of Police

Deputy Chief of Police Dornat A. “Wayne” Drummond will temporarily replace retiring Chief Calvin Williams.

CLEVELAND — *Editor's Note: The video in the player above is from a previous report. 

In the weeks since becoming Cleveland's Mayor-elect, Justin Bibb has taken the necessary steps to begin assembling his administration.

On Wednesday, he announced that Deputy Chief of Police Dornat A. “Wayne” Drummond has been selected as the interim Cleveland Chief of Police. 

Drummond will temporarily replace retiring Chief, Calvin Williams, whose last day in the role will be January 3.

Deputy Drummond is a 32-year veteran of the Cleveland Division on Police. He has served as deputy chief since 2014. 

“I am honored to be selected to lead the force during this period of transition. Keeping Cleveland safe has always been my number one priority,” said Drummond.

During his tenure with the department, he has served in various capacities including Strike Force Detective, Case Preparation Officer and Equal Employment Officer. 

“We must maintain top-level expertise in this role while we search for a new Police Chief. Deputy Chief Drummond is highly regarded for his service, and I look forward to working with him,” said Mayor-Elect Justin Bibb said.

Drummond, a University of Toledo and Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy’s 230th Session graduate, has also lent his expertise to aspiring law enforcement members as the Public Information Officer and Law Enforcement Ethics instructor at Cuyahoga Community College.

Once Mayor-elect Bibb is officially sworn into office on January 3, his team will then work with an executive search firm with experience recruiting for police departments in major cities across the country. The firm will search far and wide and seek talent nationally and locally.

*Editor's Note: The video in the player above is from a previous report. *