Chief Andrés González began his law enforcement career on June 1, 1981 with the City of Cleveland Division of Police. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1993 and served as Officer in Charge of various units throughout the Cleveland Division of Police. In 1999, González was appointed to the rank of Commander. He provided leadership to the Division’s Bureau of Communications and the Third Neighborhood District where he was successful in developing positive relationships with numerous city, county and private organizations.
In 2007, González was appointed Chief of Police for the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, a CALEA Accredited organization. He became the first Hispanic to be appointed Chief of Police of a political subdivision in Cuyahoga County. He immediately engaged with residents and members of the police department to improve the delivery of services throughout the county. He implemented a community policing mindset and created a positive impact to employee morale. González established several initiatives which have increased citizen confidence in the Police Department.
Chief González is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations including the prestigious Michael J. Kelly Award for Excellence and Innovation from the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Police Executive Leadership College and Leadership Cleveland Class of 2013. He is a graduate from the Cleveland State University with a degree in Urban Studies concentrating in Public Administration.
Chief González is a recognized Certified Law Enforcement Executive in the State of Ohio. He currently serves on the Boards of the Positive Education Program; the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland; the Ohio Executive Institute Committee and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cleveland. He also serves on a state-level as an Advisory Board Member on the Ohio Family Violence Prevention Center (Office of Criminal Justice) and the Ohio Council on Victims Justice (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction).
Chief González is a member of numerous organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP); the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officer (NOBLE); the Cuyahoga County Police Chiefs Association and the U.S. Attorney General for the Northern District’s Project STANCE.