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Former Cleveland Police Chief Edward Kovacic has died at 88

Posted at 7:24 PM, Sep 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-01 08:25:55-04

Former Cleveland Police Chief Edward Kovacic has died at 88, the Cleveland Police Department confirmed.

During his tenure, he became one of the most respected and well-liked chiefs in the history of the Cleveland Police Department.

Born in 1930, he lived and worked in Cleveland for 65 years. 

He started his career in law enforcement as a patrol officer for the Cleveland Division of Police in 1959, according to the Cleveland Police Foundation. He was promoted to captain in 1980. After his retirement in 1985, he served as the inspector for the Cuyahoga County's Sheriff's Office until 1990, when he was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Cleveland.

In 2014, Kovacic was honored with a lifetime achievement award for his service to the community.

News 5 has reached out to the Cleveland Police Department for more details regarding his passing. More details are expected in the coming days.