Interim Cleveland Chief of Police David Bishop has been named to succeed the retiring Wes Snyder who left the department Jan. 5 after a 33-year career, the last 10 of which were as police chief.
The announcement of Bishop’s selection came early today by Cleveland City Manager Janice Casteel.
Bishop will be sworn in as chief Monday by Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland, Casteel confirmed.
Bishop was named interim chief after Snyder announced his retirement in December, to be effective Jan. 5 — 10 years after he replaced then-interim Chief Gary Hicks.
Hicks was interim chief for several months after former Chief Lee Reese left the department.
Bishop is a 30-year veteran of CPD, “... serving initially as an undercover narcotics officer from 1984-87, then working in the Patrol Division and eventually becoming a field training officer,” according to Casteel.
Bishop then worked with the Cleveland Police Department Criminal Investigations Division as a detective. He was promoted to operations sergeant in 1995, then to lieutenant in the Training division before transferring to the Criminal Investigations Division and retaining the rank.
According to Casteel, Bishop has received numerous awards during his tenure.
He was also a 2000 graduate of the FBI National Academy.
“Throughout his career, Bishop received various awards such as Detective of the Year, Officer of the Year and Supervisor of the Year. He also received awards for safe driving, teamwork, good conduct and meritorious service,” Casteel noted.
Bishop holds an associate of science degree in criminal justice with honors from Cleveland State Community College. He also worked with the Albany Police Department in Albany, Ga., and with the Knoxville Police Department.
He is married to Karen Bishop and has two children and two grandchildren.
“I am pleased and honored to serve the city of Cleveland as chief of police. I am humbled by the confidence the city manager and City Council have in my ability to serve in this position. I look forward to working with the administration and officers to enhance the quality of life in Cleveland,” Bishop said this morning.
Casteel also commented on the appointment.
“I am confident that Chief Bishop will continue to lead a progressive department. His strong leadership abilities will strengthen the accountability within CPD and I look forward to working with him to achieve his goals for the department,” Casteel said.
Bishop will receive the oath of office at 3 p.m. Monday during the formal session of the Cleveland City Council.
The meeting will be held at the Cleveland Municipal Building on Church Street.