CLEVELAND: Michael McGrath, chief of the City of Cleveland’s Division of Police, will speak on the current state of safety in Cleveland and what his department is doing to address residents’ concerns about crime and violence in their city at noon on Wednesday, September 3, 2008, at The City Club of Cleveland.
Upon graduating as top cadet of the Cleveland Police Academy, McGrath was assigned to the First Neighborhood Police District, where he became a Strike Force detective. In 1985, he was promoted to sergeant and assigned to the Fourth Neighborhood Police District. He was appointed commander of the Fourth District in 1997.
Among his achievements in the Fourth District, McGrath sought the expertise of business leaders, community groups, social service organizations, and governmental agencies to work collectively to decrease crime, used the Children Who Witness Violence Program and Domestic Violence Project to provide his personnel with additional social services resources, and implemented technology to increase the efficiency of his workforce. The Fourth Neighborhood Police District was recognized as “District of the Year” in 2000.
McGrath has received several awards, including the Medal of Heroism, the Medal of Honor, and a Congressional Certificate of Recognition. He is active in the community by serving on several executive and advisory boards including the Children Who Witness Violence Program, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Family to Family Care Program, the Collaborative for Organizing Mt. Pleasant, and the Fourth District Community Relations Committee.
This special program is organized by The City Club New Leaders. New Leaders develop significant opportunities for civic involvement and freedom of speech among young professionals under the age of 40.
Tickets for this City Club Special Program are $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Lunch is included. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance of the event. They can be purchased by calling The City Club at 216.621.0082 or visiting the website at www.cityclub.org.