Police Chief Richard Biehl

Maj. Mark Ecton will become Dayton's Assistant Police Chief Aug. 17.
Dayton Police Department

Maj. Mark Ecton has been named the new assistant police chief for Dayton. City officials made the announcement Wednesday.

 

Maj. Ecton replaces Col. Robert Chabali, who retired earlier this year after serving more than 35 years with the Dayton Police Department. Ecton is a lifelong resident of Dayton and joined the department in 1987. He’s held the rank of Major since 2002.

For the last four years, he’s been the department’s Chief of Staff where he’s overseen day-to-day operations of the city’s police.

Dr. Kimberly Barrett (left) and Dr. Joann Wright Mawasha organized the forum at Wright State along with Dayton Police.
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About fifty people attended a forum on race and policing at Wright State Tuesday evening intended to move community members from dialogue to action around racial bias and police.

“There’s a difficult and torturous history of race and policing in this country,” said Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl, who helped facilitate. “That history is not over. We’re still living it.”

With Congress in recess and many congressmen returning to their home districts, activist groups are taking steps to get their attention.  WYSO’s Jerry Kenney reports on one groups efforts.

Hoping to get the attention of Congressman Michael Turner of Ohio’s 10th district - The Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform Network held a roundtable disccusion that featured local faith leaders, law enforcement, and members of the business community.