Cleveland RTA Names New Police Chief

Deirde Jones has been named chief of police and director of security for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.

Jones has served with the Cleveland Division of Police for 32 years most recently as acting deputy chief of administrative operations.

She will assume her new position at Cleveland RTA on May 3.

During her time with Cleveland police, Jones held a range of positions, including sergeant in the domestic violence, homicide, integrity and basic patrol units. In December 2016, she was promoted to commander of the Bureau of Support Services.  

She was appointed the department of safety’s first-ever LGBTQ liaison for police, fire and EMS. In that post her responsibilities included promoting equity and inclusion throughout the department while cultivating a relationship of trust between the LGBTQ community and city’s safety forces.

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