Middletown chooses new police chief

Major David Birk has been named Middletown’s police chief, replacing Rodney Muterspaw, who retired earlier this year.

Birk has worked in the police department for more than 22 years, and Acting City Manager Susan Cohen said the city is confident in Birk’s leadership.

“Major Birk’s background in law enforcement, commitment to the community and passion for the department make him the right fit for the position,” Cohen said in a press release. “I am excited about the future of MPD under his leadership.”

Birk began his career with MPD in 1997 as a patrol officer. He has moved up the ranks as a field training officer, special operations detective, sergeant, lieutenant and most recently as major and deputy chief. He has also served as special response team commander and honor guard commander since 2006.

Birk has a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and urban affairs from Wright State University, has graduated from the Criminal Justice Training Academy at Sinclair Community College and graduated with honors from the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville.

He is enrolled in Certified Executive Law Enforcement Program with the Southern Police Institute with an anticipated January 2021 graduation date.

Middletown City Council will confirm the appointment of Birk at the Dec. 17 council meeting. Birk will hold the Acting Chief position until that time. He will be welcomed by City Council with a formal ceremony on Jan. 7, 2020.

“I am honored to be taking on this role with Middletown Division of Police and look forward to continuing to serve this community,” Birk said in a release. “This is a hard-working department of dedicated men and women and I am excited for the challenges ahead.”

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