Beacon Journal staff report
TWINSBURG: Lt. Robert Gonsiewski has been sworn in as the new assistant police chief for the Twinsburg Police Department.
“For the past year, Bob has been performing the duties of second in command of this department, so it is only right to recognize his leadership by promoting him to assistant chief of police,” Chief Christopher Noga said in a prepared statement. “Not only does he see and support the vision that Mayor [Katherine] Procop and I have for the future of this department, he has actively contributed to shaping that vision.”
With the promotion, Gonsiewski becomes the first officer to hold the position of assistant chief for Twinsburg police.
He started with the city in January 1990 and moved up the ranks to sergeant in 2006 and lieutenant in 2009. He has served as a tactical officer on Metro SWAT and was the department’s first K-9 handler in 1996, working with K-9 Emery.
He also served as the school resource officer at R.B. Chamberlin Middle School and was a D.A.R.E. officer for a year.
Gonsiewski is a firearms instructor, Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certified and the Twinsburg terrorism liaison officer to Ohio Homeland Security.
In 2011, he earned his certificate in public management from Cleveland State University’s Public Management Academy.
“It has been an honor to serve the city of Twinsburg for these last 24 years,” Gonsiewski said. “I am thankful to Mayor Procop and Chief Noga for this promotion and plan to continue building the excellent reputation this department has in our community and beyond.”