Organization

Officers

Tom Armelli

Tom Armelli, Detective CPD, Ret.

President

Tom is a recently retired Cleveland Police Homicide Detective. He was a member of the Cleveland Police Department for 35 years and has been a police officer for over 40 years.

Tom has been involved with the Cleveland Police Historical Society since its inception in 1983. There was a time when he had touched and had custody of every piece in our collection. Over the years Tom has held every position and worked at every job in the museum. He is currently serving as the President of the Board of Trustees.

Tom’s goal as president is to position the museum to be able to move into a space that it owns, a space that is big enough to accommodate larger, more modern exhibits that incorporate the latest hands on and interactive technology. Tom believes the Police Museum has the potential to be a real catalyst for police and community interaction and good police/community relations.

Under Tom’s direction the Police Museum continues to strive to meet and conform with accepted standards and best practices of an accredited museum.

Tom also established The Inter-National Association of Police Museums, a group of over 50 police related museum located in the United States and Canada that meet annually to share ideas and attend training seminars. The group also includes members from the new National Law Enforcement Museum now being built in Washington D.C.

Antonio A. Colon

Tony Colon, CPD

First Vice President

Tony worked for Cuyahoga Community College as a Business Administrator for 9 years. On August 03, 1981 he became a Cleveland Police Officer. He was assigned to the Second District Patrol Unit for nine years, then one year in the Personnel Unit. In 1989 he was assigned to the Canine Unit where he served as a canine handler/trainer and as a State Canine Team Certifier for the next 26 years. His canine partners were Sarge (7 years as partners), Char (7 years as partners) and Jet Black (11 years as partners). He was one of the original member of the Cleveland Police Canine Unit. Antonio retired from the Cleveland Division of Police on February 25, 2015.

After retiring from the Cleveland Division of Police, Tony was sworn as a Cuyahoga County Deputy Sheriff.

Tony's been a member of the Cleveland Police Historical Society Museum (CPHSM) since 1984 and is currently a trustee of the CPHSM. With the CPHSM he has served in the capacity as First Vice-President and Chair/Co-Chair of various committees. Tony was founder of the Hispanic Police Officer's Association and served as its President for 31 years.

He was a member of Indian Princess with his daughter Adrienne for seven years, and as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader with his son Alex for 15 years. He is also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (Morningstar Lodge #26, Medina, Ohio).

For relaxation, Tony spends his time with his wife Michelle, a registered nurse, where they enjoy yard/garden work and traveling.

Rebecca McFarland

Rebecca McFarland

Second Vice President

Becky is internationally recognized as an expert on the life and times of Eliot Ness. Her research has been requested for magazines, books, radio, and television specials. “A&E Biography” and the “History Channel” featured her on their programs with regard to Cleveland crime in the 1930s. People Magazine as well as International Press came to cover the funeral of Eliot Ness that she helped to coordinate in 1997.

She is a fourth generation Clevelander who enjoys researching and sharing a variety of topics on Cleveland’s history. She serves on several committees impacting Cleveland as representative to the Northeast Ohio Inter-Museum Council, the Ohio Library Council and the Cleveland Police Historical Society and Museum.

She continues to research Cleveland’s history and to provide informative programs to area clubs and organizations. She is employed doing independent marketing and web site consulting.

James D. Roseman

James Roseman, Esq.

Treasurer

Jim is an attorney in the private practice of law specializing in estate and charitable planning. He is a graduate of Ohio University and Case Western Reserve School of Law.

Mr. Roseman is a prolific speaker on various estate planning topics for both professional associations and private groups. He also has been active in the teaching community, having been an adjunct professor for the Huebner School, Bryn Mawr, PA, and Senior Instructor for the Ohio and Midwest Trust Schools.

He is a member of the Society of Benchers for Case Western Reserve School of Law and a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Law School Alumni Association as well as being a member of the local and state bar Associations.

Lifelong Ohio residents, Jim and his wife Cheryl have an adult son and two grandchildren.

shelley patena

Shelley Patena

Secretary
Shelley J. Patena is a career Detective with the Cleveland Police Department, appointed in 1989. She follows her father’s footsteps in law enforcement. She is a descendant of Chief Frederick Kohler, appointed in 1889 - he is her Great Great Uncle. She values the evolution and preservation of policing history and is honored to serve the board.

Trustees

James Jessen Badal, Ph.D.

Bill Bartosch

James Briola

Debbie Eyerdam

Robin Hryckowian

Thomas G. Matowitz, Jr.

Patrick Reynolds

David Sandoval, Sergeant

Mark Wade Stone

Honorary: Elizabeth K. Balraj, MD

Honorary: Thomas Patton, State Senator

Vehicles Committee

Greg Savernik, Chair

Michael Herrin, CPD

Dale LaRue, OSHP Sergeant Ret.

Phil Rozzi, Court Security

James Traynor, CPD Ret.

Past Presidents

2003-2007
Larry Rutherford, Comm. Ret.

1997-2003
Robert J. Cermak, Cmder. Ret.

1996-1997
Patrick Stephens, District 3 Commander

1995-1996
Martin Flask

1989-1995
Michael J. Cummings, Sergt. Ret.

1983-1989
Robert L. Bolton, Cmdr. Ret., Founder

Museum Staff

Cop Shop Manager
Geri Diemert

Office Manager
Marilyn Jech

Student Intern
Emily Vernon

City of Cleveland Officials

Mayor
Frank Jackson

Dept. of Public Safety
Michael McGrath, Director

Assistant Directors
Edward Eckart, Jr.
Timothy Hennessy
Laura Palinkas
Barry Withers

 

Division of Police

Chief
Calvin Williams

Traffic Commissioner
James Muhic

Deputy Chiefs
Dornat Drummond, Field Operations
Joellen O'Neill, Headquarters
Deon McCaulley, Administrative Operations
Edward Tomba, Homeland Security Operations

Police Commanders

Daniel Fay, District 1

Thomas Stacho, District 2

Thomas McCartney, District 3

Brandon Kutz, District 4

Sammy Morris, District 5

Debra Cavett, Bureau of Communications & Property Control

Ellis Johnson, Bureau of Community Policing

Harold Pretel, Bureau of Homeland Services

Brian Heffernan, Bureau of Integrity Control

James Chura, Bureau of Special Investigation

Gary Gingell, Bureau of Special Services

Deirdre Jones, Bureau of Support Services