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Dayton Names New Assistant Police Chief

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.

In a statement, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said "the Assistant Police Chief's role is clear -- to maintain law and order, provide exceptional service and sustain community confidence in our police force." Biehl added that Ecton "he has earned the respect of the public and his fellow officers. I appreciate his almost three decades of dedicated service to the Dayton Police Department and Dayton community and look forward to his continued success in his new assignment."

Maj. Ecton holds a bachelor of science degree from Wilberforce University, an associate's degree in criminal justice from Sinclair Community College, and is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College. He also serves on numerous boards and advisory councils.

Ecton will start his new role as Assistant Police Chief Aug. 17.