Solon Mayor Eddy Kraus publicly swore in Lt. Richard Tonelli Oct. 21 as the city’s new police chief. He was officially sworn in Oct. 8.
“Rick has been a longtime police officer with the Solon Police Department, he’s risen through the ranks ... and he’s demonstrated both the leadership skills that are necessary to be police chief (and) he demonstrates a tremendous amount of communication within the department,” Kraus previously told the Cleveland Jewish News. “He’s well liked, well respected, he’s a resident of the community. He’s worked with businesses, the Solon schools, all of our administration, city council and he is going to make just a tremendous chief.”
Tonelli succeeded Christopher Viland, who became Cleveland’s first police inspector general.