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Celebrating A Quarter Century of Excellence!

Chief Michael Kallai CLEE Award

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Chief Michael Kallai, CLEE Barberton PD, where he spent his entire career, was a friend of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and Law Enforcement Foundation. Chief Kallai passed away suddenly while on vacation with his family during the summer of 2010. Chief Kallai was a graduate of the PELC program, was active in the PELC Alumni Association, and several other committees in law enforcement. Chief Kallai graduated from the CLEE program in 2004 with CLASS IX and was appointed to the CLEE Advisory Board shortly after graduation. He was an active member of the Board, and in the middle of his second term on the CLEE board. Chief Kallai was a strong advocate for the CLEE program and actively worked on the board to strengthen CLEE and to ensure its stature for years to -come through his work to create a sound financial future.

Chief Kallai was also active in his community, serving as a varsity assistant wrestling coach at Wadsworth High School as well as being in integral part of numerous other community activities and events.

Following his sudden death, the CLEE board established the Chief Michael Kallai CLEE Award to be granted each year at graduation to recognize one of the graduates who performed exceptionally well in the CLEE academics as well as has an established record of community involvement, as did Chief Kallai.

Chief Edward Kinney, CLEE Medina PD '22 Awardee & Captain Michael Rinn, CLEE Class XXVII Awardee

Captain Rinn began his law enforcement career in 1999 with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. In 2002, he joined the Akron Police Department. Since joining Akron, Captain Rinn has worked in patrol, the safety communication center, crime scene unit, and the computer forensic unit. Captain Rinn has served as the unit commander of the Street Narcotic Uniform Detail (SNUDs) and the Juvenile, Auto Theft, and Missing Persons Unit. He currently oversees the Patrol Operations Unit. Since starting CLEE, he was promoted to Captain.

Captain Rinn obtained two Associate Degrees from Eastern Gateway Community College, one in Information Technology and the other in Criminal Justice. He also received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Central State University. Captain Rinn is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) and also completed the FBI LEEDA Trilogy.

Like Chief Kallai was active in his community, Captain Rinn is also involved in bettering his community. Captain Rinn has served as a member of the Summit County Child Fatality Board, Summit County Children Services Committee, Summit County Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative Committee, and the Summit County Retore Court Advisory Board that addresses human trafficking. Captain Rinn currently serves on the Summit County Jail Capacity Subcommittee and coaches boy’s varsity basketball at Revere High School.

Congratulations, Captain Rinn on being named the recipient of this prestigious award.

Chief Michael Kallai CLEE Award Recipients

– 2023 –
Captain Michael Rinn, CLEE Akron PD
– 2022 –
Chief Edward Kinney, CLEE, Medina PD
– 2021 –
Commander David Blake Griffith, Jr., CLEE, Columbus PD
– 2020 –
Lieutenant George Lichman, II, CLEE, Rocky River PD

& Captain Bryan Snavely, CLEE, Stow PD
– 2019 –
Chief John A. Jones, CLEE, Oxford PD
– 2018 –
Captain Adam C. Moore, CLEE, Delaware PD

– 2017 –
Assistant Chief Deano McNeil, Sr., CLEE, Notre Dame College PD
– 2016 – 

Chief Richard Bosley, CLEE  Avon PD
– 2015 – 
Captain Cynthia Brooks, CLEE  Lake Co. Sheriff’s Office

– 2014 –
Sergeant Agostino L. Micozzi, CLEE Akron PD

– 2013 – 
Lieutenant Paul J. Scowden, CLEE Westerville PD

– 2012 – 
Lieutenant Brian C. Uhl, CLEE Springfield Twp. PD

– 2011 –
Lieutenant Terence McHugh, CLEE  Cleveland PD

Dr. Ray Miller CLEE Alumi Leadership Award

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Dr. Ray A. Miller served as the program director for the Certified Law Enforcement (CLEE) program for ten years (2004-2014).  He passed away in June 2014 after a two-year courageous battle with leukemia.  Dr. Miller exemplified the core values of CLEE throughout his highly accomplished life. He was a strong believer in giving to the community. He was an active member of his church and of The Ohio State University Alumni Association.  His contagious smile and affirming pronouncement that “Life is Good!” touched so many in the law enforcement community and beyond.

The CLEE Advisory Board developed the Dr. Ray A. Miller Alumni Leadership Award to be given annually at the Chiefs Inservice/Annual Conference to an active CLEE graduate who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in his local community and to the law enforcement profession.

Dr. Ray Miller CLEE Alumni Leadership Award Recipients

  • 2023 Chief Thomas Pyle II, CLEE Athens PD
  • 2022  Chief John Majoy, CLEE Newburgh Heights PD
  • 2021  Chief William Balling, CLEE  Sidney PD
  • 2020 Chief Michael Harnishfeger, CLEE, Ada PD
  • 2019 Chief Brandon Standley, CLEE, Bellefontaine PD
  • 2018  Chief Jeffrey Kruithoff, CLEE, Springboro PD
  • 2017  Chief Keith Torbet, CLEE, Wauseon PD
  • 2016  Chief Paul Denton, CLEE (ret.), The Ohio State University PD
  • 2015  Chief Joseph Morbitzer, CLEE, Westerville PD
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