Campbell Picks Cleveland Police Veteran To Be Chief

CLEVELAND (AP) - Mayor Jane Campbell chose Edward Lohn, a 20-year veteran of the Cleveland Police Department, to become the city's 34th police chief.

"He's worked the streets and worked the districts," Campbell said.

Lohn as a captain previously oversaw police deployment at special events. He said his most pressing goal is to increase the number of female and minority officers in higher ranks.

"I want to encourage diversity in the division of police by offering information and opportunities to excel," he said.

Lohn's appointment Monday ended speculation about who Campbell would select to be chief. She said the choice was made by Public Safety Director James Draper, who was sworn in last week.

Lohn replaces Mary Bounds, who was sworn in by outgoing Mayor Michael R. White in August. Bounds was the first woman and second African-American to serve as chief. Bounds will become commander for minority recruitment and retention, a newly created position.

Lohn lives in suburban Bay Village, but said he will move to Cleveland at Campbell's request.

Lohn said the appointment fulfilled a lifelong dream. His father, Tony, was a 37-year Cleveland police officer.

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