Sgt. Dustin Rogers named UH’s interim police chief
University Heights Mayor and Safety Director Michael Dylan Brennan has formally named Sgt. Dustin Rogers as interim police chief for the city of University Heights. Rogers began his post on Friday, March 16, replacing now retired Police Chief Steven Hammett.
According to the University Heights mayor's office, Rogers joined its police department in August 2005, and in 2007 was voted the department’s union director.
In the last 13 years, Rogers was promoted to corporal, then sergeant. He also revised the department’s field training manual—a document adopted as a model by Northwestern University—and managed the department’s field training program.
His contributions to the department’s personnel policies include creating and implementing performance objectives for uniform shift officers, founding the formal recognition program, and completing a uniform bureau schedule assessment, which led to the department's implementing of 12-hour shifts.
Rogers graduated from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety in 2015, specifically from its School of Police Staff and Command. He is currently enrolled at Cleveland State University as an undergraduate in its Public Safety Management program.
A press release from Mayor Brennan's office stated that, “in the time [Rogers] has been with University Heights, he has served with distinction.”
Rogers will act in an interim capacity while a hiring committee seeks applicants from both within and outside the department for the position. Details of the application process are forthcoming.
Jessica Schantz is the e-news manager at the Heights Observer and a longtime resident of Cleveland Heights.