Board Member Highlight – Chief Kevin Nietert


Chief Kevin Nietert, Chief of Police, South Euclid


Please share a little bit about your background and your current role.

I graduated from Bedford High School. Hold an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Tri-C and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Dyke College.
I started my law enforcement career working as a patrolman for CMHA for 10 months and have been working for the City of South Euclid for the past 33 years. I worked my way up through the ranks spending 5 years as a patrolman, 13 years in investigations, and the past 15 years in administration, 12 as Chief of Police. I come from a law enforcement family. My father retired from the Bedford Police Department as Lieutenant, after 30 years of service. My twin brother retired from the Bedford Police Department as Chief, after 27 years of service and my younger brother is a Detective with the University Heights Police Department.


What would you like Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s staff to know about you?
I have been married to my wife, Vanessa, for 17 years and we have three children, Kennedy (16), Carson (15), and Delaney (11). We reside in Aurora, OH. My wife and I own a small business, Clancy and Associates, that produces and administers Civil Service tests for municipalities. We enjoy watching our kids sporting events, softball, football, track, and Volleyball. We recently hosted a foreign exchange student for three weeks from Costa Rica. We enjoy travelling as a family and are hoping to get to Costa Rica this winter.


Why is Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s mission important to you?
On a personal level I have a family and really felt that it is important to set an example for my children. Professionally it is an opportunity to set an example for the community I serve and the law enforcement community as a whole. As a representative of law enforcement I value the work that the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center does. I also recognize that law enforcement plays a critical role in our interactions with survivors. As a member of the law enforcement community I hope to be a voice to improve and enhance our interactions with survivors and interface with the Center. In a short time on the board I have heard from two victims who have shared their disappointment with their interactions with law enforcement, which has really raised my awareness of this important issue. As painful as it was to hear it, I can’t thank the survivors enough for sharing their experiences, especially to someone sitting there in a police uniform. These critical conversations need to be had.


I truly appreciate the opportunity that has been given to me, by being appointed to the board, and will give all that I can to fulfill my responsibility.