New Executive Director of the Cleveland Police Foundation

Rick DeChant receiving the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio Freedom Award 2019

Following a comprehensive search, the Governance Committee of the CPF recommended Rick DeChant as Executive Director with Unanimous Consent.  DeChant follows in the footsteps of Retired Cleveland Police Sergeant Chas Lane, the CPF’s original director.

A veteran of the Coast Guard Reserve, Rick helped raise $3.5 million to build the two Greater Cleveland Fisher Houses.  He also served as Executive Director of the Tri-C Veterans Initiative, was a 2017 inductee of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, and is active in numerous community organizations.

DeChant plans to use his experience in donor development, public and military affairs, and strategic planning to move the Cleveland Police Foundation forward.  My “unwavering commitment to the mission of the CPF as well as an ability to engage and get done the vital work… is especially critical in this time of unprecedented calls for social reform and the re-invention of police departments.”

Welcome Executive Director DeChant…we look forward to this next chapter of the Cleveland Police Foundation!


The Cleveland Police Foundation is the official charity for the Cleveland Division of Police and the only organization authorized to solicit charitable contributions on its behalf.

We provide funding for youth and community outreach programs, community policing and engagement initiatives, safety & crime prevention programs, and support the members of the Cleveland Division of Police to help them better perform their duties. Contributions to the CPF are tax deductible under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code.

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