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Florence, Elsmere Name New Police Chiefs

The cities of Florence and Elsmere announced new police chiefs in recent days.

Captain Thomas Grau will take over for Chief John McDermond in Florence. McDermond is retiring at the end of July.

In Elsmere, Officer Steve Bohman will replace Chief Tim Thames, who retired.

Grau has been with the Florence Police Department for 23 years and has been a captain since 2013.

“The City of Florence is fortunate we have officers within our ranks who can continue to lead our Police Department. The City has done a great job of providing the department with opportunities, education, and hands-on experience needed to mentor new leaders," said Florence Mayor Diane Whalen. "I am confident Tom can step in and continue to build the reputation of the Florence Police Department as one of the best in the state.”

“I am very thankful for this opportunity. I feel very fortunate to inherit a department with such high professional standards. I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead as we move forward with the goal of protecting quality of life issues for the citizens of Florence,” Grau said.

Grau graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He also attended the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He and his wife, Tricia, have three children.

Bohman was named chief in Elsmere at last week's city council meeting.

“I am extremely honored to be the next Elsmere Police Chief,” Bohman said. “Chief Thames certainly has some large shoes to fill and I am greatly humbled to be given the opportunity to lead the men and women of this great department. I truly appreciate the opportunity that Mayor Lenhof and Elsmere City Council has given me. I believe in strong community relationships and hope to continue to move our department forward.”

Bohman has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement and has been with the Elsmere Police Department since June of last year. Prior to that, he spent 20 years with the Covington Police Department where he served as a field training officer, school resource officer, community outreach officer, internal affairs investigator, and achieved the rank of sergeant.

“Hiring a new Police Chief is a critically important decision and process. We dedicated a lot of time to the hiring process and met with a number of extremely talented candidates,” Mayor Marty Lenhof said “Throughout the interview process, I was impressed with Steve’s vision for the future of our police department.  This vision of strong community engagement, combined with his experience and familiarity having already been a member of our department, makes Steve the perfect hire for the Chief position. He will continue Elsmere Police’s efforts to build relationships with city residents and businesses and proactively address issues.”

-Staff report