It took Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell a week to land the man she wanted to lead the Police Department, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She named Michael McGrath as her next police chief. McGrath, commander of the 4th District for the last seven years, will take over this week. McGrath replaces Edward Lohn, who quit as chief last week after a scathing report on police overtime abuse accused him of misleading investigators. Lohn will return to work as a captain, his previous rank.
Campbell offered the job immediately to McGrath, but he mulled the offer for nearly a week. She was so determined to land McGrath that she did not insist he move into Cleveland. (He lives in the suburb of North Royalton). People who have worked with McGrath, 54, a 24-year veteran of the department, praise him as a good administrator who has enough street experience to gain the respect of the rank-and-file, as well as city residents. “The community loves him,” said Rocco Pollutro, a former Cleveland police chief who once supervised McGrath. “With his ethics and integrity, he brings the whole nine yards.”