Rogers and Perko named UH chiefs
University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan has made it official. Dustin Rogers and Robert Perko III can drop the word “interim” from their titles. They are now the police chief and fire chief, respectively, for the city. A swearing-in ceremony was held at the start of the Sept. 17 UH City Council meeting.
“Since making the announcement public [on Sept. 12], we have received nothing but congratulatory and laudatory support for their promotions to the permanent positions, coming from both within this city, and throughout the greater community,” Brennan said. “These gentlemen have the experience, leadership skills, work ethic and temperament to be successful leaders of their departments.”
Rogers, who had served as interim chief since March 17, 2018, said he was excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve as police chief. “I look forward to the opportunities to continue to enhance our law enforcement services while fulfilling the expectations of the community,” Rogers said. “Regardless of rank or assignment, it has been, and always will be, truly an honor and a privilege to serve the community of University Heights.”
Perko, who became interim fire chief on Jan. 2, 2018, said he was honored and humbled by his promotion. “We are doing great things in University Heights and I am privileged to be a part of it,” Perko said. “Henry Ford said it best: ‘Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.’"
Perko has 15 years of experience, including work with the fire departments in Newburgh Heights and Seven Hills. He has secured approximately $1 million in grant money for University Heights over his career.
Fire has been a part of Perko’s family history. His father just retired from the Seven Hills Fire Department after 36 years of service.
In his 13 years with the University Heights Police Department, Rogers was previously promoted to corporal, then sergeant, then interim chief. He was responsible for revising the department’s field training manual—a document now adopted as a model by Northwestern University.
As interim chief, Rogers created the Office of Community Policing, and completed enhancements to department personnel assignments, to improve department efficiency. Rogers also has implemented multiple directives resulting in procedural changes to enhance internal communications and criminal investigations.
Mike Cook is the communications and civic engagement coordinator for University Heights.