The city announced the hiring of Michael J. Gabrielson

as the new police chief

By Chuck Gibson 

LOVELAND, OH (June 28, 2022) – The City of Loveland announced the hiring of Michael J. Gabrielson as the new Chief of Police for Loveland in a press release issued early Tuesday afternoon, June 28. 

Michael Gabrielson – hired as new Loveland Police Chief effective August 1, 2022 (Photo provided)

Michael J. Gabrielson is currently serving as  Assistant Chief of Police with the Kettering Police Department. He was chosen by the City of Loveland to serve as the new Chief of the Loveland Police Department (LPD). He will officially begin his employment in that capacity for Loveland on August 1, 2022.

“My family and I have been blessed throughout my law enforcement career and we absolutely see Loveland in that same light.” – Michael J. Gabrielson, new Police Chief, Loveland, OH

Retired former Loveland Police Chief Dennis “Sean” Rahe (Provided)

Sue Madsen has served as the Loveland Safety Director since former Chief of the Loveland Police Department Sean Rahe’s retirement in April 2022. She will assist  Gabrielson with his transition into the role of new Chief of Police for the LPD when he starts August 1. 

“It is an honor to be selected as chief and become part of an exceptional and successful agency,” said Gabrielson. “I am eager to join a flourishing community with outstanding schools, beautiful parks, and a thriving business district — all serviced by an incredible city with hardworking and dedicated employees.” 

Michael J. Gabrielson was selected for the position  following an extensive search and interview process by the City of Loveland. His experience includes more than 28 years  as a certified peace officer in the State of Ohio. He brings more than 20 years as a law enforcement instructor to his new role. His service to the citizens of Kettering began as a patrolman in 1993. Currently his responsibilities as Assistant Chief there included  leading one of two major divisions of the department with special focus on patrol operations, administrative support, community relations, and criminal investigations. 

Gabrielson holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Tiffin University and has pursued ongoing education through the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. Loveland City Manager Dave Kennedy pointed to his experience and background as reasons he is the right choice to lead the Loveland Police Department.

David Kennedy, Loveland City Manager (File)

“We are very excited to have Mr. Gabrielson join the Loveland Police Department,” stated Loveland City Manager David Kennedy. “After an extensive interview process, he is the right candidate to lead the department. He has a robust background in building internal and external relationships, and I believe he will be a strong asset to the Loveland community and to our police officers’ development. Thank you to all who assisted in the candidate interview process.”

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