Dayton, Ohio – Dayton Police Chief Richard S. Biehl has announced the planned promotions of four department veterans to new command positions effective next month. These personnel changes follow planned organizational changes announced by Chief Biehl in September.
Major Mark Hess will become Assistant Chief of Police. Hess has 27 years of experience with the Dayton Police Department and is currently Superintendent of Patrol Operations. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and of the Police Executive Leadership College. Hess is also former Commander of Dayton’s Hostage Negotiation Team and has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Park University.
Lt. Robert Chabali, a 33-year veteran of the Department, will be promoted to the rank of Major. He is currently Third District Commander and is the long-time Commander of the Dayton SWAT Team. Chabali will be assigned to the newly formed East Patrol Operations Division. Chabali is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College, has a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement from The Ohio State University and serves on the board of directors of the National Tactical Officers Association.
Lt. Larry Faulkner, with 29 years of Department experience, will be promoted to the rank of Major. Faulkner is currently Commander of the Central Business District, and will be assigned to the newly formed Central Patrol Operations Division. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Park University, a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College. He was an integral part of the Department’s nomination as a finalist for the 2010 Herman Goldstein Award for Problem Oriented Policing.
Lt. Patrick Welsh has served the Dayton Police Department 24 years and is currently Commander of the Central Investigations Bureau. He will be promoted to the rank of Major and assigned to the newly formed West Patrol Operations Division. Welsh holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Leadership College.
The four will assume interim duties in their new positions effective December 6 and will be promoted in January when vacancies occur following the retirements of Assistant Chief Wanda Smith and Major Jerry Smith.