Champions of Leadership Presentation – Chief Cel Rivera

  • Start: November 7, 2018 8:00 am
  • End: November 7, 2018 9:30 am

713 W. 5th Street, Lorain, Ohio

Join LLC’s “Best Class of 2019” for their Social Justice Day Champions of Leadership Presentation featuring Chief Celestino Rivera.





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Chief Celestino (Cel) Rivera

One of eight children, his mother died at age 5. Cel spent six years at Prumadale Orphanage, a ward of the Court and placed in foster care. He quit school at age 16 and joined Military on his 17th birthday.

Cel has three daughters: Angela, Nicole and Linda. six grandchildren and two great grandkids.



Sergeant U.S. Almy (3 years)

Vietnam Veteran:  Awarded Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense

Medal, and Good Conduct Medal



•    Appointed to the Lorain Police Department on April 21, 1971.  Promoted to Sergeant, 1977; Lieutenant, 1981; Captain, 1983; Chief of Police, 1994.

•    During the last 47 years have been assigned to Patrol, Traffic, Detectives,  Narcotics, SWAT, and Special Operations as both an officer and supervisor.

•    From 1983 through 1989 served as Commander of Patrol Operations. (Uniform Division, SWAT, Traffic, K-9, Marine Patrol, Dive Team, Crisis Negotiations)

•    From 1990 till 1994,  served  as Commander  of the Criminal  Investigations  Bureau  (Homicide,  Robbery, Burglaty, Sex Crimes, Narcotics, Youth/Gang Unit, Auto Theft)

•    Serving as Chief of Police since September, 1994.

•    Former President of the Fraternal Order of Police and Policeman ofthe Year.



Graduate of Lorain High School (GED)

Graduate of LCCC, Associate Degree – Police Science

Heidelberg College, Bachelor of Science Program-Psychology, 3 credit hours to complete

Graduate Southern Police Institute, School of Justice Administration, at University of Louisville, Kentucky.


CIVIC INVOLVEMENT:  Past and Present

•    Graduate, Leadership Lorain County

•    F01mer Vice President & Advocacy Chairman  for CHIP (Hispanic Coalition)

•     Founder/Former Co-chairman, Lorain County Domestic Violence Task Force

•    Board Vice-President, Genesis House, Shelter for Battered Women

•    Member:  International, Ohio, and Lorain County Associations of Chiefs ofPolice

•    F01mer Board Member, Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County

•    F01mer Board Member, Center for Children and Youth Services (CCYS)

•    F01mer Board Secretary, El Centro de Servicios Sociales

•    Founding Member and Co-Chairman, Hispanic Fund

•    Founder & President, Do the Right Thing Program

•    LCCC:  Adjunct Instructor, Several Advisory Boards, Levy Treasurer

•   Chairman, Lorain Community Forum on Violence

•    Co-Chairman, Summit- Lorain Project:  Law Enforcement Response to those with Limited English Proficiency (Nationally Distributed by DOJ)

•    Founding Board Member of  South Lorain Lincoln Community Center

•    Initiated Law Enforcement Narcan Program in Ohio

•    Served on AG Eric Holder’s Expert Panel to Implement Narcan nationwide (September, 2014)

•    Immigration Reform Activist – Voluntary work in El Salvador through Sacred Heart

•    Organizing Committee, Walk for Justice (Cleveland 2016)


1986:  Hispanic ofthe Year, Lorain     2002:  Hispanic ofthe  Year-  Cleveland

1992:  Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan (Voinovich) and 2010:  Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan (Kasich)

2002:  Matiin Luther King Social Sensitivity Award from Lorain Community Action Agency

2004:   Community Needs Outreach Award for “Do the Right Thing” Program

2005:  Lorain NAACP Community Peace Award

2006:   Ohio Civil Rights Commission Special Recognition Award

2010:   William French Smith Award from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (in Washington DC)

2013     Lorain County Martin Luther King Celebration Recognition

2014:   Cleveland Jobs with Justice:  Louis Stokes Award for Work with Undocumented Persons

2014:   Cleveland Puerto Rican Day Parade:  Grand Marshal

2015:   Ohio Distinguished Law Enforcement Training Award from Ohio Attorney General DeWine

2017:   Bishop A.J. Quinn Justice Award from Catholic Action Commission (Narcan & Undocumented)