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Chief Barry Connell, CLEE
Newark Police


Hello, my name is Chief Barry Connell, CLEE, and I am the chair of the committee that oversees the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC). I would like to thank you for taking the time to visit the PELC page. By navigating here, you have taken a great first step in law enforcement leadership development. While the PELC program is designed to dovetail with both the STEP and CLEE programs, it is a fantastic leadership development as a stand alone program. I encourage you to speak to some of the over 2,000 graduates of the program who will be able to provide insight into the value PELC provides for them. For me, it was the catalyst that prompted me to improve my leadership skills with additional formal education, including college.

What is PELC?

PELC is the acronym for the Police Executive Leadership College.  PELC is administered by the Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation. PELC was founded in 1986, and each year graduates at least two classes (Spring and Fall.)  To date, over 2,000 law enforcement executives are proud graduates of PELC.

PELC is a three – week executive leadership training program spread out over three months each session. PELC is based on the premise that leadership skills can be learned, and that given the opportunity for feedback and practice, executives can substantially improve their abilities to lead. PELC provides law enforcement executives with one of those rare moments in their professional careers to learn how to practically apply leadership concepts. It is an intensive learning experience focused on leadership skills vital to long term personal success and change in the organization — both for the benefit of the community.

The vision of PELC is to develop dynamic, visionary leaders to effectively serve and protect our communities.

The mission of PELC is to provide unique and innovative leadership education geared toward today’s demands and tomorrow’s needs.

PELC – By the Numbers

  • Current class is #72
  • 2,098 graduates-to-date
  • Sessions of 15 days spread over three weeks
  • Weekly tests on learning modules
  • 105 class hours
  • 24 required readings
  • 5 research papers
  • 5 community interviews
  • 3 team projects
  • 3 speeches including a final capstone presentation
  • 20 instructors and/or speakers

Meet the Faculty 2017

Dr. Elizabeth Brockman,Ph.D.;   Dr. Joseph Donnermeyer, Ph.D.;  Chief Gene Ferrara (ret.);  Jacqueline Huggins, M.A.;  Dr. John LeDoux, Ph.D.;  Sheriff Russ Martin, CLEE;  Randy Means, J.D.;  Dr. Patrick Oliver, Ph.D., CLEE;  Thomas Riebock, M.A.;  Mark Weaver, J.D.;  Sgt. Rich Weiner

PELC Advisory Board 2017

The PELC advisory board is called the Executive Institute Committee (EIC). The board members are all PELC graduates and accomplished law enforcement executives. The EIC meets at least twice a year and is charged with evaluating the current curriculum and instructors and making adjustments as needed to assure that PELC remains a highly regarded executive leadership program.

Chief Barry Connell, CLEE,  Newark PD   (chair)
Major Mark Ecton, Dayton PD
Chief Andres Gonzalez, Cuyahoga Metro Housing Authority PD
Deputy Chief Ken Kuebler, Columbus PD
Lieutenant Doug Lightfoot, Hilliard PD, Class 71 Representative
Director of Public Safety Dan Meloy, CLEE,  Colerain Twp.

Chief Quincy Pope, CLEE, Trotwood PD
Director George Taylor, Cuyahoga County Public Safety & Justice Services
Chief Casey Tester, Doylestown PD, Class 70 Representative
Captain Richard Thomas, CLEE, Lorain Co. Prosecutor’s Office
Chief Keith Torbet, CLEE,  Wauseon PD
Commander Kelly Weiner, Columbus PD

Training Cost

The tuition for PELC is *$2,200 per session. The cost includes: instruction, material, breaks, and lunches. Not included are: overnight lodging, breakfast, dinner and any other ancillary costs.  Note: group discount rate is available for the sleeping rooms.
*Subject to change

For More Information

Jeff Hill, Program Director,
Monica Miller, Program Coordinator,
or call 614-761-9479

Training Locations

PELC 72, 2017:
Crowne Plaza Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Ave. Columbus

PELC 73 & 74, 2018:
Crowne Plaza Columbus Dublin 600 Metro Plaza North, Dublin

PELC 75 & 76, 2019:
Crowne Plaza Columbus Dublin 600 Metro Plaza North, Dublin


Congratulations to our most recent graduating class!

PELC Graduates Class 71

Sgt.BrentAdamsPerkins Twp Police Department
Sgt.TracyAndersonColumbus State Police Department
Sgt.StephanieBlackTipp City Police Department
ChiefEricBreidingWindham Police Department
Lt.KenCarrollMansfield Police Department
Lt.KevinColemanCleveland Division of Police
Lt.RonDayWarren Co. Sheriff's Office
Sgt.DonnieDecklingAda Police Department
Lt.JosephEchenrodeColumbus Division of Police
Lt.DouglasFerrell Jr.Reading Police Department
Sgt.RossFowlerMoreland Hills Police Department
Lt.RobertGabrielMiddleburg Heights Police Department
CorporalThomasGallagherDublin Police Department
Sgt.DanielGrispinoShaker Heights Police Department
Lt.JamesHarrisCuyahoga Metro Housing Authority Police Department
CorporalJesseHibbittWesterville Division of Police
Sgt.KevinHolmstromGrove City Division of Police
Lt.MichaelJusticeUnion Co. Sheriff's Office
Lt.RonaldKemmerling, Jr.Columbus Divison of Police
Deputy ChiefToddKitzlerWhitehouse Police Department
Sgt.ScottLietkeAkron Police Department
Lt.JackLightfoot IIHilliard Division of Police
Sgt.ScottMarlowBellefontaine Police Department
Lt.ChristopherMatzenCincinnati Police Department
Sgt.ChantiaMillerCincinnati Police Department
Sgt.DanilynnMillerSylvania Police Department
Lt.JamesMullinsDayton Police Department
Sgt.ChrisNorfolkCuyahoga Falls Police Department
Det. Sgt.DennisPapineauErie Co. Sheriff's Office
Lt.HeathTesterLorain Co Sheriff's Office
Lt.TiffanyTimsHocking College Police Department
Capt.ScottVanceDelaware Co. Sheriff's Office
Sgt.JonathanWardenMaumee Police Department
Capt.JefferyZahradnikNorthwood Police Department
Sgt.LawrenceZakrajsekBrooklyn Heights Police Department

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