Middletown closer to hiring new police chief: Here’s what comes next

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Middletown Division of Police

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Middletown is getting closer to selecting a new police chief.

The city Civil Service Commission is scheduled today to certify the results of the recent police chief assessment center testing that will establish a new eligibility list for the successor to former police chief Rodney Muterspaw.

Muterspaw, 50, served with the Middletown Division of Police for 30 years, the last five years as chief.

The Ohio Police Chiefs Association conducted assessment center for police chief on Nov. 2 and for the deputy chief position on Nov. 9-10.

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The assessment center evaluates candidates with real-life scenarios and law enforcement consultants.

The four deputy chiefs — Majors David Birk, Leanne Hood, Scott Reeve and Andy Warrick — all passed the assessment center on Nov. 2. Since Muterspaw’s decision to step down as chief earlier than previously announced, the four deputy chiefs have been rotating as acting police chief.

Acting City Manager Susan Cohen is scheduling interviews with each deputy chief during the first week of December. Cohen plans to have a new police chief selected by mid-December.

Hood has been with Middletown police since June 1992 and oversees the city jail. Reeve joined the department in February 1986. Birk, who oversees uniform patrol, joined the department in July 1997. Warrick, joined the department in September 2001. He oversees administrative services.

The Civil Service Commission is also expected to certify the eligibility list for promotion to deputy chief.

Five sergeants passed the assessment center evaluation for deputy chief. They include Eric Crank, Cristopher Kelly, Earl Nelson, Steven Ream and Malcolm Tipton. That assessment center was held on Nov. 9-10.

Ream has been with MPD since April 1996, Crank joined the department in November 1995, Tipton joined in March 2008, Kelly has been with MPD since August 1990 and Nelson joined the department in October 2005.

Cohen said she wants to work with the new chief in the filling the deputy chief vacancy.