Cleveland Metroparks today announced Katherine Dolan as Chief Ranger of Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department. As Chief Ranger, Dolan will lead all Ranger Divisions and safety and security initiatives across Cleveland Metroparks reservations, roadways and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
Dolan most recently served as Captain of City of Cleveland Heights Division of Police (CHPD) and she brings more than 17 years of professional law enforcement experience. Dolan will assume Chief duties from Interim Chief Richard Svoboda effective July 30, 2018. Svoboda will continue to serve as a Captain for Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department.
“Katherine brings a strong track record and a wealth of experience in law enforcement to Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department including safety planning, management and community outreach,” said Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian M. Zimmerman. “She will be a valued asset to our 90+ officers and millions of annual visitors. I also want to thank Captain Svoboda for his service and leadership as Interim Chief over the past several months.”
Established in 1917, Cleveland Metroparks Rangers primary objective is to provide a safe and accessible environment for the Park District's more than 18 million annual recreational visitors. The Ranger Department's jurisdiction comprises more than 23,000 acres of land, 100 miles of connecting parkways and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
“I’m excited to join the Ranger Department and overseeing the important role of maintaining safety and security across the Emerald Necklace for the millions of annual visitors,” said incoming Chief Ranger Katherine Dolan.
Dolan is a resident of North Royalton and holds a Master’s of Science in Criminology from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Toledo.
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