Robert Gillespie was sworn in as the Police Chief for the City of Bay Village on May 21, 2021. Rob has over 17 years of experience with the Bay Village Police Department, beginning his career in 2003 as a Police Officer and serving as a D.A.R.E. Officer from 2007 to 2010. In 2010 Rob was promoted to Sergeant.
Chief Gillespie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science with Distinction in Criminal Justice. He has completed numerous schools including Supervisor Training and Education Program; Police Executive Leadership College; Certified Law Enforcement Executive; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. In addition, he holds numerous training certificates including School Resource Officer; Rape Aggression Defense Instructor; Crisis Intervention Training (CIT); and Department Public Information Officer (PIO).
Chief Gillespie serves as a Board Member for Police Executive Leadership College Alumni Association as well as serving on the Board for University Hospitals Rainbow Babies Safe Kids/Safe Communities coalition. He is a member of the Ohio Association Chiefs of Police and International Association of Chiefs of Police.