Solon Police Department Chief Christopher Viland will be Cleveland’s first police inspector general, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s office announced in a news release Aug. 6.
Viland, who is also a lawyer, accepted the position Aug. 5.
Cleveland’s inspector general, a civilian position created in 2015 after the city entered into a consent decree with the Justice Department in an effort to reform its police department after several high-profile incidents, including the killing of unarmed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November 2014, will audit police policies and practices in the city and will have access to records to make sure officers follow the procedures. The inspector general will also examine citizen complaint investigations and ensure the department is issuing consistent punishments for misconduct.
Solon Mayor Eddy Kraus described Viland’s departure as “very sad.” Viland will be leaving the Solon Police Department to take the position in Cleveland and his last day with Solon will be Sept. 3.
“Chris was hired with the city of Solon in 1987, he’s put in 32 years of his life to this police department and he’s done pretty much everything within the department,” said Kraus. “For the last nine years … Chris has been the chief and Chris has revitalized so many things within the police department. We now have a regional dispatch and that was a lot of work Chris put into it. We have a very diverse police department and that spoke to what Chris wanted.”