Springfield’s new police chief: 3 things to know


Lee Graf, a captain with the Springfield Police Division, was selected as the new chief of police by the Springfield city commission at its meeting last week. Here are three things you should know about Springfield’s new top cop:

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A history of service in Springfield

Graf has served in the Springfield Police Division for more than 20 years. He was promoted from officer to sergeant in 2002, to lieutenant in 2006 and to captain in 2014. During his tenure, he was responsible for opening the SPD Community Center located at 17 W. Johnny Lytle Ave.

A long-time instructor

Graf has also been a longtime instructor for Springfield’s finest. He has been the senior instructor at the Clark State Community College Police Academy since 2004 and has also worked as an adjunct instructor for the two-year criminal justice program at the school. He also serves as the subject matter expert at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission.

A decorated service member

Graf is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served from 1989 to 1995. He participated in Operation Desert Storm, and was awarded two Navy Achievement Medals for Leadership and Training Initiatives during his time in the service. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant, the highest-attainable re-enlistment rating.

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