Lt. Russ Ciballi, a 21-year veteran of the Genoa Township Police Department, was sworn in as Genoa Township Deputy Chief during last Thursday evening’s (Dec. 1) Board of Trustees meeting.
In attendance were Ciballi’s family and Genoa Police Department officers.
Genoa Township Police Chief Steve Gammill said Ciballi had been serving as Interim Deputy Chief.
“I have full confidence in his ability to provide the leadership we need,” Gammill said. “Ciballi has shown tremendous ability to lead and train our officers. I feel at ease having his partnership in leading our Department.”
Ciballi said he began serving in the Genoa Police Department in October of 1995, and has enjoyed being part of the team.
“Being a member of this department has been great for me and my family,” Ciballi said. “I thank you for your confidence in me, and your confidence in the people in this room who provide the leadership for this department and this township.”
Following the swearing in ceremony, Genoa Trustee Karl Gebhardt said Deputy Chief Ciballi is one of our longest-serving police officers on the township force.
“He has faithfully served our residents and members of our police department as a role model, and is deserving of the honor of this promotion,” Gebhardt said.
During his time with the Genoa Township Police Department, Ciballi accumulated a variety of accomplishments, including being awarded Officer of the Year on three occasions; supervisor for 16 years; hostage crisis negotiator for 16 years; and winner of multiple lifesaving awards.
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