TOLEDO — The Toledo City Council chambers were packed Wednesday night, the room buzzing with anticipation at the announcement of the incoming chiefs for the fire and police departments.
City Manager Craig Martin announced the promotion of current sergeant Michael Pace to the position of chief of police for the City of Toledo Police Department, effective July 1. At the city’s fire department, current Interim Co-Chief Larry Robeson will be taking the helm permanently on that same date.
Many family members, friends and coworkers of the selected were in attendance, all offering hugs or smiles upon walking in the room.
Martin told the room of Pace’s achievements and the path of his career: Pace holds three degrees, has served in law enforcement for 22 years and with the Toledo Police since 2007. He has been second in command of the department since 2014, after working his way up the ranks. The sergeant holds supervisory, management and executive level certifications from the Oregon Department of Public Safety, Standards and Training.
“Sergeant Pace is very active in the community,” said Martin, “and has been a key organizer and support for the City of Toledo neighborhood watch programs, the annual National Night Out event, Toledo’s Safety Town and, most recently, the Lincoln County Lights of Hope Activities.”
Robeson, a lifelong resident of Toledo, has began his service to the city in 1996 as a police reserve officer, and began his fire career in 2001 with the Toledo Fire Department as a volunteer.
In 2006, Robeson was selected for the full-time position of staff captain before being promoted to maintenance division chief and later, training division chief — the role he currently occupies as well as serving as co-chief. He holds eight firefighting-related certifications, as well as being a certified emergency medical technician who was dispatched to the Camp Fire in California last summer.
“Under the shared leadership of Division Chief Robeson, the Toledo Fire Department has continued to recruit, train and retain a robust volunteer fire personnel program that is the envy of many other fire agencies in the area,” said Martin. “He was able to obtain this accomplishment, all the while, playing a key role in maintaining the Toledo Fire Department’s record of prompt, effective and excellent emergency response for fire, rescue and emergency medical services.”
An official swearing in and badging ceremony will be held on July 3, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers for both chiefs.