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February 13, 2014

Remembering Lester Mitchell, former CSU police chief

By Timothy Simko

Former Cleveland State University Chief of Police Lester D. Mitchell passed away after being struck by a passing vehicle while changing a tire along Interstate 480 westbound Feb. 2.

Mitchell joined the Cleveland State Police Department as a Patrol Officer in 1979.

In 1980, he was assigned to the Detective Bureau before being promoted to Detective Bureau Supervisor in 1984.

In 1992, he was promoted to Commander of Police before being promoted to Deputy Chief of Police one year later.

In 1996, he was appointed as the Assistant Chief of Police and in 2000 became the Chief of Police. Mitchell retired from his position in 2006.

Mitchell was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Greater Cuyahoga Lodge 124, National Organization of Black Law Executives, Ohio Association of Chief’s of Police, American Society for Public Administration, and the International Association of Chief’s of Police.

He held a Bachelor’s Degree in Special education from Iowa State, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University.