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HPD’s Chief Eric Grile Announces Retirement

Chief Grile in front of safety services sign

Hilliard’s Chief of Police Eric Grile has announced his retirement after 29 years in law enforcement.

His last day in the role will be May 6.

“I have a firm belief that leaders should lead only when they’re driving forward an organization. At this point in my career, I feel confident I’ve helped HPD advance and grow to the best of my abilities,” Grile said. “Now, it’s time for someone with a new skillset to take this Division to the next level.”

Deputy Chief Michael Woods will be promoted to Chief, according to City Manager Michelle Crandall.

“Chief Grile’s service with the City of Hilliard Division of Police epitomizes the leadership and dedication our community expects from its First Responders,” said Crandall. “He has been an asset since he came to the City, and I am grateful that he remained with HPD as our police chief during the past year. Chief Grile’s work to lead the department while setting the stage for Deputy Chief Woods to succeed him are evidence of his character and passion for public service. I thank him for his service and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Grile came to the City of Hilliard Division of Police in 2016 as Deputy Chief, serving in the position until May 2021, when he was promoted to Chief of Police. He previously was employed with the City of Beavercreek, Ohio, where he was the Captain of the Investigations Division.

“The last year has been the highlight of my career,” Grile said. “I’m grateful to the men and women of HPD for allowing me the opportunity to earn their trust and be a part of an amazing team.”

Public reception details will be announced later as details are finalized.

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