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Welcome to CLEE   *   What is CLEE?   *   CLEE Video   *   Board Members & Faculty
Recent Graduates   *   Awards Information   *   Training Location & Cost

pyleThomas D. Pyle II, CLEE
Chief of Police
City of Athens Police Department
FBI-NA 214


On behalf of the entire CLEE board of contributors, I would like to welcome you to our CLEE web cleelogosite, and congratulate you for taking the first step in obtaining undoubtedly some of the finest law enforcement leadership training in the world.

Please take the time to peruse our offerings, and as you do, I would ask you to think about how each of the dimensions found within the CLEE curriculum play a role in your daily professional life.  If you were presented an opportunity to enhance your knowledge skill and ability to become a more effective leader and to help shape the future of our great profession of law enforcement, would you not take it?  That opportunity is precisely what the OACP and LEF are offering you through your attendance to CLEE.  Upon the successful completion of CLEE you will become a member of a fraternity within law enforcement that is indeed responsible for the future of policing, and you will undoubtedly have an opportunity to make a difference not just within your home community, but within the walls of your home agency.

I can honestly say that in all the education and training I have acquired in the past 30 years, my experience in CLEE was the most beneficial and best suited for leading within the ranks of the law enforcement profession and I believe whole heartedly you will find it as richly rewarding as I have.

What is CLEE?

The Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) is a formal program of leadership training presented by the Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation for police officers (sergeant and higher rank) who are at the executive level or who wish to progress to executive levels in their agency. Preparation includes self-study and a day of “in-residence study” with a highly qualified instructor for each of the nine modules. Study materials include required readings from books and articles, chapter exercises, and case studies. Participants will be evaluated on the nine different learning modules through written tests or case studies over a 14-month period, and through an oral presentation at the conclusion of the course. Graduate credit can be arranged through Tiffin University, and Franklin University, Columbus.

Admittance to CLEE requires candidates to meet a minimum of 500 career points that considers these dimensions: law enforcement and executive experience, formal education, continuing education, and professional related experience, including: professional service, community service, scheduled speaking and instruction, articles published, and honors received.

Once a student successfully graduates from CLEE, they must maintain their CLEE certification by re-certifying every three years where continued involvement in the above dimensions are reviewed.

The CLEE in-residence classes take place at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, Columbus. Currently, tuition and room and board are waived for students from Ohio law enforcement agencies thanks to a generous grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.


The nine inter-connected and inter-related modules covered in CLEE include:

Vision, Mission, and Guiding Principles
Managing and Leading the External Environment
Interpersonal Skills
Human Resources and Team Facilitation
Change Management
Strategic Planning
Police Resource Allocation and Budgeting
Organizational Risk Management

Four Hundred Forty Four (444) students have graduated from the Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) program since its origin in 1996 to present. Twenty-two classes have graduated each year since its inception.  The current class (XXIII) will graduate in February, 2019.  Applications are being taken for the next class (XXIV) that will commence in December, 2018.


• Practical and Challenging Executive Education
• Focus on Leadership Skills Required in the 21st Century
• Lifelong Professional and Personal Rewards
• Network Opportunities with Others Committed to Excellence
• Recognition for Professional Achievement

Watch a video About CLEE

Meet the Faculty 2018

Executive Board Members 2018

Chief Robert Browder, CLEE, Springfield Twp. PD, D4
OPS Captain Carl Dondorfer IV, CLEE, Lake CSO, D3
Chief Robert Fisher, CLEE, Hilliard PD, D1
Chief Scott Gaviglia, CLEE, Union Twp. (Clermont), D4
Chief Charles Gift, CLEE, Sinclair PD, D4
Chief Kevin Martin, CLEE, Lima PD, D2
Assistant Chief Deano McNeil, Sr., CLEE, Notre Dame College PD, D3
Chief Jeffrey Mitchell, CLEE, Lebanon PD, D4
Chief Roy Mosley III, CLEE, Brimfield Twp. (Portage), D3
Chief Thomas Pyle II, CLEE, Chair, Athens PD, D5
Chief Jeffrey Scott, CLEE, Notre Dame College PD, D3
Cmdr. Michael Springer, CLEE, Columbus PD, D1
Chief Keith Torbet, CLEE, Wauseon PD, D2
Chief Robert Ware II, CLEE, Portsmouth PD, D5
Chief James Willock, CLEE, Mill Creek Metroparks PD, D3

Congratulations to CLEE XXII Graduates 2017 (Graduation February 2018)


Sgt. Michael Bailey, CLEE, Painesville PD
Sgt. Michael Tablack, CLEE, Springfield Twp. (Mahoning) PD
Sgt. Terrence Viel, CLEE, Hamilton Twp. (Warren) PD
Lt. Mark Neff, CLEE, Ohio State Highway Patrol
Lt. Adam Hennie, CLEE, Cincinnati PD
Staff Lt. Matthew Warren, CLEE, Ohio State Highway Patrol
Asst. Chief James Mills, CLEE, Miami Twp. (Clermont) PD
Lt. Marc Dopp, CLEE, Columbus PD
Lt. Richard Butsko, Jr., CLEE, Grove City PD
Sgt. Gregory Adkins, CLEE, Tipp City PD
Sgt. Michael Bengela, CLEE, Bowling Green PD
Sgt. Steven Hurd, CLEE, Eaton PD
Cmdr. Gregory Bodker, CLEE, Columbus PD
Deputy Chief Jeffrey Spence, CLEE, Gahanna PD


Sgt. Curtis Baker, CLEE, New Albany PD
Lt. Raymond Fellows, CLEE, Springfield Twp. (Mahoning) PD
Sgt. Allison Schlie, CLEE, Blue Ash PD
Lt. Roger Pohlman, CLEE, Blue Ash PD
Chief Charles VanDyke, CLEE, Milton Twp. (Mahoning) PD
Lt. Matthew Neil, CLEE, Montville Twp. (Medina) PD
Sgt. Larry Armstrong, CLEE, Painesville PD
Lt. Jason Weiskopf, CLEE, Chagrin Falls PD
Dr. Joseph Han, CLEE, Notre Dame College PD
Lt. Adam Claar, CLEE, Athens PD
Capt. David Mueller, CLEE, Toledo PD
Sgt. Brian Spoon, CLEE, Westerville PD
Sgt. Michael Cortez, CLEE, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office
Capt. Adam Moore, CLEE, Delaware PD


Lt. Dennis Jeffrey, CLEE, Columbus PD

Training Location & Cost

CLEE in-residence instruction is provided at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, 740  E. 17th Ave. Columbus OH.  Presently, the tuition is paid through a grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Lunch is also provided free of charge in the Academy dining hall.  Students may choose to reside at the Academy at no cost for either lodging or breakfast and dinner served in the Academy dining hall. If a student chooses not to stay at the Academy, a group discount rate is available at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North, a short 10-15 minute drive from the Academy.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy

Jeff Hill, 
Director, CLEE Program

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