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New Police Chief and Police Department Promotions

Mayor  Scott  Schertzer  is  announcing  final  certification  of  test  scores  for  the  Police Department Promotional Exam has been received and that Bill Collins will be promoted to Chief of Police for the City of Marion.

Also being promoted to the position of Police Major will  be  Jeff  Clewell  and  Jon  Shaffer.

A  swearing-in  ceremony  will  be  held  on  Monday,February 24, 2014 at 10:00 am on the 2nd Floor of Marion City Hall.

Collins attended The Ohio State University from 1983-1985 and also served as a member of the US Army Reserves during this same time. While  beginning his career in law enforcement at  the  Marion  County  Sheriff’s  Office  in  1985,  he  also  continued  to  serve  as  US  Army Reservist  through  1989.   Collins  held  the  positions  of  Dispatcher,  Jailer,  and  Road  Deputy during  his  tenure  at  the  Sheriff’s  Office.    In  May  1989,  Collins  joined  the  Marion  Police Department  as  a  Patrolman.   He  was  promoted  to  the  position  of  Sergeant,  which  was transitioned into the current title of Lieutenant, in October 1995. In March 2000, Collins was promoted  to  Police  Major.   With  his  promotion  to  Chief  of  Police,  Collins  has  held supervisory positions within every facet of the Marion Police Department.   He brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the Chief’s position and will become the 14th Chief for the Marion Police Department. Collins  stated,  “I  am  very  proud  to  be  the  14th
Chief  of  Police  since  1903  for  the  City  of Marion.  As Chief, I will do my very best to continue the very proud heritage and history of the Marion City Police Department. To Protect and Serve the citizens of Marion will continue to be our number one goal. We will continue to live and work by our Core Values, Loyalty, Integrity, Fairness and Trustworthy to maintain the most professional police agency possible. I  look  forward  to  the  excitement  of  leading  the  Marion  Police  Department  in  the  coming years.”

Shaffer  is  a  1996  graduate  of  Marion  Harding  High  School  where  he  played  football  and wrestled for the Presidents. Following high school, Jon attended The Ohio State University at Marion and then transferred to Mount Vernon Nazarene College (now known as Mt Vernon Nazarene  University)  and  graduated  in  May  2000  with  a  Bachelor’s  Degree  in  Sociology (Criminal Justice) and a Minor in Spanish. In August 2000, he was hired as a Police Officer for the Marion Police Department and after
attending the Ohio Highway Patrol Academy he joined the Operations function at the police department. Shaffer was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, serving mostly on second shift, with brief stops on first shift and third shift along the way in June 2007. In his position as Major, Shaffer will be assigned to the Administrative Division.

Clewell is a graduate of Marion Harding High School. After graduation, he enlisted with the U.S. Army  as an Infantryman, receiving multiple military awards during his service.  After leaving active duty, Jeff joined the Army Reserves and  is  currently a Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army Reserves. Clewell joined the Marion Police  Department as a Patrolman in October 1995  and graduated from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in April 1996. While serving as a patrolman, Jeff  served  in  the  patrol  division,  as  well  as  the  Community  Policing  Unit. Clewell  co developed the 1st Citizens  Police  Academy  in  2001.   Jeff  was  promoted  to  Lieutenant  in November  2003.  In  his  position  as  Major,  Clewell  will  be  assigned  to  the  Operations Division.