Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

Middletown police chief to attend State of the Union address next week

Chief Rodney Muterspaw will be in the gallery to see the annual address in the U.S. Capitol Building.

“There was once a perception that everything was going in the wrong direction in Ohio. That was never the case for the people of Middletown,” Davidson said. “The people of Middletown are always looking to the future. Chief Muterspaw has been leading the way in Middletown, and he is making a real difference. He is effective, engaged, and has mobilized the community to solve problems. I am humbled that he accepted my invitation, and I am grateful for his leadership.”

Muterspaw said he’s “honored” to be invited to attend.

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“To be able to represent Middletown in this capacity is a blessing at the highest level,” Muterspaw said. Our city has made tremendous strides over the last five years and to know that our elected officials have taken notice and wanted us to be a part of this event is a tremendous thing for all of us.”

“Middletown has turned the corner and we are happy to accept this invitation by Congressman Davidson.” he said.

Muterspaw was appointed the city’s top cop in 2015.

City officials said he has brought in a mindset that community policing was not an assignment, rather a philosophy of policing.

This change resulted in less use of force, fewer complaints, a reduction in Part One Crimes, increased morale, less turnover of employees and reduced disciplinary actions, according to city officials. Muterspaw’s efforts have created a more enjoyable working atmosphere while still protecting the city.

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As chief, Muterspaw has been the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr Drum Major Award for his work in the community; the City Manager’s Middletown Way Award for his performance with his employees; the Kingswell History Maker Award; and the NAACP Award for Leadership. He is very active in the community and is a strong believer in working with young people and developing subordinates through career development, according to city officials.

Muterspaw joined the Division of Police on July 4, 1990 and has served as patrol officer, narcotics detective, drug unit supervisor, and as the lieutenant in charge of criminal investigations before his appointment as police chief. He is a graduate of Middletown Christian High School, Cedarville University, Police Executive Leadership College and the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville.

Davidson represents Ohio’s 8th Congressional District and was elected in a June 2016 special election to replace Speaker John Boehner when he retired from Congress.

Prior to his election to Congress, Davidson was an entrepreneur and owned a group of manufacturing companies. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he served in the 75th Ranger Regiment, The Old Guard, and the 101st Airborne Division. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame.

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