Solon Mayor Eddy Kraus has recommended Solon Police Lieutenant Richard Tonelli to be the city’s new police chief.

Tonelli’s appointment is on Solon City Council’s agenda for its Oct. 7 meeting. His appointment is subject to council approval.

“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 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.”

If appointed, Tonelli will succeed Solon Police Department Chief Christopher Viland. It was announced in an Aug. 6 news release from Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s office that Viland will be Cleveland’s first police inspector general.

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