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Chief Daniel J. Waterman
(440) 392-5816

Daniel J. Waterman is the Chief of Police for the City of Painesville.  Chief Waterman is responsible for the efficient operation of the Police Division through planning, organizing, and directing its activities; assuring that law and order are maintained, that laws and ordinances are enforced, and that measures are implemented to prevent crimes and to protect lives and property.  The chief also consults with other police officials internally and externally in determining overall plans and policies to be following in conducting police operations.  The chief of police’s supervision is exercised over all employees of the Police Division.  Chief Waterman is tasked with developing, interpreting and applying policies, rules, and regulations.  The chief of police works under the administrative direction of the City Manager.  Chief Waterman is a twenty-two year veteran of the Painesville Police Department.  Chief Waterman holds an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Lakeland, and a Bachelor of Business degree in Finance from Kent State University. Chief Waterman is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s 126th Administrative Officers Command School in Louisville, KY. Chief Waterman is a graduate of the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Course (CLEE). 


Lieutenant Toby Burgett
(440) 392-5817

Lieutenant Burgett is the Administrative Lieutenant who serves as Executive Officer to the Chief of Police.  In addition, his duties include the overseeing and supervision of the patrol division, staff and support services division. He serves as Acting Chief of Police in the absence of the Chief.  The administrative lieutenant is responsible for the proper investigation of all matters, (internal or external), involving misconduct, or alleged misconduct of departmental personnel.  This includes complaints made against personnel under his command.  Lt Burgett is a twenty year veteran of the Painesville Police Department and has served the department in numerous capacities to include; patrolman, detective, patrol sergeant, administrative sergeant, patrol lieutenant and detective lieutenant.  He is a graduate of the Certified Law Enforcement Executive program (CLEE). 



Lieutenant Michael Slocum
(440) 392-5840 


Lt. Slocum is the Training Services Commander, and oversees all training, training topics and scheduling. Lt. Slocum holds a bachelor's degree through Youngstown State University for Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement Administration. Lt. Slocum is currently enrolled as a graduate student at Cleveland State University, and is expected to graduate in May of 2017 with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Lt. Slocum is also currently attending the Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) Course in Columbus, and is expected to graduate in February of 2017.  Lt. Slocum currently serves as a S.W.A.T. operator, and has previously served as an Entry Team member, a Field Training Officer (FTO), and as a member of the departments Honor Guard Unit.



Lieutenant Michael Decaro
(440) 392-5840


Lt. Decaro is the Assistant Training Services Commander and assist with overseeing all training, training topics and scheduling. Lt. Decaro is a graduate of Bowling Green University and holds a Bachelors Degree in Communications. Lt. Decaro has served the department as the Property / Evidence Room Supervisor, Field Training Officer, S.W.A.T. Officer, Entry Team Member and Evidence Technician. 





Lieutenant Marc Wagner
(440) 392-5840


Lt. Wagner is currently assigned as a K9 Program Supervisor. Lt. Wagner is a member of the Lake County Crash Team, a multi-jurisdictional unit used to investigate serious and fatal crashes. Lt. Wagner has also held positions as Field Training Officer and Team Leader of the Entry Team. Lt. Wagner is also a State of Ohio certified firearms instructor.



Sergeant Eric Miller
(440) 392-5840

Sgt. Miller is currently assigned to day shift and has held various assignments from Field Training Officer, Street Crimes Supervisor, S.W.A.T. Team member and Team Leader. Sgt. Miller holds an Associates degree in Criminal Justice through Lakeland Community College and a Bachelors degree in Public Safety Management from Franklin University. Sgt. Miller is scheduled to attend the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Course this December in Columbus.




Sergeant Larry Armstrong
(440) 392-5840

Sgt. Armstrong is the Field Training Program Supervisor and supervises all Field Training Officers and Trainees. Sgt. Armstrong is certified through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) to be a Unit Instructor in several areas of the Peace Officer Basic Training Program.  Sgt. Armstrong has held prior positions as S.W.A.T. Operator, Entry Team Member and Field Training Officer.  Sgt. Armstrong holds an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice through Lakeland Community College. Sgt. Armstrong is scheduled to attend the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Course this December in Columbus.




Sergeant Michael Bailey
(440) 392-5840


Sgt. Bailey is currently assigned to investigate misconduct complaints involving members of the uniformed patrol division. Sgt. Bailey spent 4 years in the Detective Bureau and where he had success in cases involving juvenile victims. Sgt Bailey also conducts back ground investigations for potential new hires. In 2015 Sgt. Bailey spearheaded the effort to bring the "Start by Believing" program to the agency, which is aimed at ending violence against women.  Sgt. Bailey has served as F.O.P. President, Evidence Room manager, Warrant Entry Team leader, and is currently a member of the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force.