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Mansfield Police Captain Marijan Grogoza Retiring

Story By: Greg Heindel

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 4/26/2013

Mansfield Police Captain Marijan Grogoza is calling it a career.

She has her thirty years in to qualify for public employee retirement benefits.

Grogoza rose through the ranks with relative ease, advanced her college education while working full-time, has been involved in numerous high-profile cases, and earned a string of awards and commendations.

She feels she's had a great career, and while it's time to go, it's hard to leave behind.

Grogoza became slightly tearful in thanking the many people who helped her as she established herself as only the third female police officer in Mansfield history, and the only one of the force at the time she was hired. 

Now she turns her attention to her four-legged first love, horses. 

She will also take a part-time job, not related to law enforcement, and pursue other hobbies.

Captain Grogoza's retirement is effective next Friday, but with a week of vacation to take, her last day was today.

Lieutenant Ken Coontz will be promoted to Captain to replace Grogoza.  

This is the news release from the police department:

Captain Marijan Grogoza announced her retirement from the Mansfield Division of Police effective May 3, 2013.

 

Captain Grogoza was appointed to the department on June 25, 1983, promoted to Sergeant on April 18, 1987, to Lieutenant on April 26, 1988 and to Captain on April 7, 2000. 

 

During her career with the department she earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Akron University in 2000 and was the recipient of the Public Employees Roundtable Scholarship, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Ashland University in 1986, she graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy in 1995, Police Executive Leadership College in 1994 and Northwestern School of Staff and Command in 1991.  Prior to joining the department she received an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement from North Central Technical College in 1980.

 

As a new Patrol Officer she worked undercover for the Special Investigative Section and on uniform patrol on all three shifts.  As a Sergeant she worked in S.I.U. and received local, State and Federal awards for her participation in the third largest narcotics bust in Ohio history as well as guns and narcotics operations stretching throughout Ohio and Detroit, Michigan.  She chaired the city-wide Minority Recruitment Committee.  As the Day Watch Commander and Bureau Commander she planned and was Incident Commander for many special events and emergency situations. While supervising the Juvenile Section she worked a multi-dimensional child sex ring with over 40 victims and 13 suspects.  During her assignment to the Training Section she wrote the first Field Training Manual, the OC Spray Policy that was used as a model for the State of Ohio, and implemented a Background and Hiring Policy under which she oversaw the hiring of 25 new officers.  While commanding the Community Policing Section she also managed the Park/Walk/Talk Program, Citizen Police Academy, Bike Patrol, Domestic Violence Training and Tracking Projects.  During her command of the Detective Section eight homicides were solved in one year including the unidentified “skeleton” case and “budding serial killer” case.  She currently commands the Community Services Bureau with the Detective Bureau added in 2011 and the Jail until it was closed in 2008, and during this time she co-authored the Pursuit Policy, the Response to Resistance Policy, Domestic Violence Investigations, CS-20 Patrol Policy and many other operational policies, investigative procedures and training programs.

 

Some of her community and professional activities consists of the Curriculum Revision Committee for OPOTA, peer reviewer for rating USDOJ federal grants for Lockheed Martin, participated on the committee writing the “Winning Through Adaptive Strategic Planning Manual” for the U.S. Dept. of Justice COPS Office and was a panel leader at Domestic Violence Seminars in Tampa, San Diego, Phoenix and Boston for the COPS Office.  She assists with many youth programs at the Friendly House, FFA, 4-H youth programs, and other youth activities.

 

Captain Grogoza has received numerous Special Commendation Awards and letters of recognition.  Her retirement represent a loss to the Mansfield Division of Police and culminates a career that has exemplified the best qualities of a law enforcement professional.  Marijan has our congratulations on her retirement and our heartfelt thanks for her many years of loyal service.  We wish her the greatest success and happiness in the future.

                                                                                               

 

   
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