Chief Lee D. Donohue
April 13, 1998 to July 1, 2004

Lee D. Donohue was a 33-year veteran of the police department when he was appointed Chief of Police. His career to this point included extensive experience in patrol and field operations.

Chief Donohue then led the department into the 21st century. He implemented positive changes to the department through his strategic planning program (HPD 2003), a five- year, department wide, coordinated process to improve services and efficiency, and to hire and retain satisfied employees.

Chief Donohue focused much of his efforts on improving the safety of his officers. He initiated safety programs and provided officers with state-of-the-art police equipment including bullet resistant vests for all officers, improved flashlights for night time duty, improved police radios and computer equipment, and less lethal weapons for use in tactical situations involving resisting criminal suspects.

A lasting achievement of his term was the successful accreditation of the police department by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, becoming the 14th major police department in the U.S. to earn this distinction.

As a seventh-degree black belt Karate instructor, Chief Donohue co-founded Kick Start Karate, a Police Activities League program designed to encourage at-risk intermediate school students to pursue higher education.

In 2004, on the anniversary of his 40th year as a police officer, Chief Donohue retired.


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