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News Release - Mayor Don Culliver makes it official: Interim Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone Takes Oath of Office Friday

Mayor Don Culliver makes it official:
Interim Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone
Takes Oath of Office Friday


Mansfield, Ohio – Mansfield Mayor Donald R. Culliver announced the selection of Interim Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone as Mansfield Division of Police’s 19th Chief of Police. Sgambellone replaces Chief Philip Messer who officially retired on November 5, 2010 after 34 years of service to the City. Messer has been serving as Mansfield Safety-Service Director since February.

Sgambellone, 41 will become the youngest Chief of Police in the department’s history. He began his career with the Division in 1991, after his father encouraged him to take the Civil Service Examinations for police officer and firefighter upon his return from Military Service. Dino soon became a member of the Division’s tactical team (SWAT Team) and was later assigned as a Narcotics Detective in the Special Investigative Section and the METRICH Enforcement Unit. Promoted to Sergeant in 2000, he was re-assigned to the Patrol Section of the Community Services Bureau where he was instrumental in researching and later a critical member of the Mobile Data Terminal implementation team. This initiative allows officers to access critical information in their cruisers, and was one of the most important advancements in many years. Since his promotion to Lieutenant, Dino returned to the Special Investigative Section where he has served as Section Commander, and Richland County METRICH coordinator. Lieutenant Sgambellone also served as deputy Project Director for the METRICH Enforcement Unit, a ten county multi-jurisdictional task force. He will now serve as the units Project Director with the retirement of Messer.

“Dino has excelled in nearly everything he has attempted, seeking new and innovated methods to make Mansfield a safe community” according to Director Messer. “His success in research and planning, along with his talent in authoring grant applications has permitted the division to advance in the area of technology, and most importantly help to keep police officers in our neighborhoods. He is an experienced, well educated professional whose vision and energy will continue to set standards for others in law enforcement to follow.

Mayor Culliver stated “I believe Dino may be the most prepared and capable law enforcement executive Mansfield has ever seen. We have planned this transition for months and carefully selected the leadership team of Chief Sgambellone and Deputy Chief Tobie Smith to assure community safety. They are not only well qualified, but are a great team. Both with individual strengths, and collectively will provide leadership and vision to some of the most talented men and women in the law enforcement profession.” 

Dino is a life long resident of the Mansfield area, graduating a year early from Mansfield St. Peter's in 1986 to go to Berklee College of Music in Boston. He returned home a year later and enrolled at the Mansfield Campus of OSU before entering the Air Force. While serving in the military he was stationed in Turkey and Phoenix, AZ. Following his military service Dino continued his educational journey throughout his career earning a Bachelor Degree in Business in 2000, Master Degree in Business in 2004, and is currently completing his Phd “Doctor of Philosophy in Public Safety with a Specialization in Criminal Justice.

Chief Sgambellone married his wife Robyn in 1995, and currently has two children, Nick and Emily.

Chief Dino Sgambellone will take the official Oath of Office on November 19, 2010 at 1:30pm in Mansfield Council Chambers, located on the third floor of the City Building.