Bay's new police chief 'pinned' during ceremony

Bay Village Mayor Debbie Sutherland swears in Police Chief Mark Spaetzel as his wife, Christine, holds the Bible during the Nov. 18 city council meeting.

Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel was officially “pinned” on Nov. 18 in front of family, friends and fellow officers in council chambers. Mayor Debbie Sutherland praised the new chief as “extremely capable, creative, dogged and a wonderful investigator,” before swearing him in. Spaetzel took his oath on a Bible held by his wife, Christine, and was then pinned with his new badge by his father, Richard.

The Bible, engraved with Spaetzel’s name and the date he was officially appointed – Nov. 1, 2013 – was given to him as a gift from his secretary Gloria Frombach, Bay’s assistant director of finance Ruth Popovich and clerk of council Joan Kemper.

Chief Spaetzel thanked “the mayor for having faith in me, my fellow officers and past officers who are here tonight who enabled me to be in this position … and most of all my wife, for putting up with me for 28 years in this job.”

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 10:43 PM, 11.18.2013