Assistant Chief and Deputy Director Mark E. Ecton graduated from the Dayton Police Academy in September of 1987. He began his career as a patrol officer in the West Patrol Operations Division, serving in the same neighborhood where he went to school and grew up. He also did tours of duty in the East Patrol Operations Division, Central Patrol Operations Division, Mounted Horse Patrol Unit, Crime Scene Investigations Unit and the Narcotics Bureau Strike Force.
Ecton was promoted to sergeant in 1998 and served as: East Patrol Operations Division supervisor; Communications Bureau supervisor; Aide to the Administrative Services Superintendent; Internal Affairs Bureau supervisor; and Department Advocate.
In June of 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Major and served as the Superintendent of the Professional Standards Division and the Administrative Services Division.
In 2011, Ecton was appointed to the position of Chief of Staff, managing the day-to-day operations of the Office of the Chief of Police, with additional responsibilities for strategic planning, professional standards, inspections and audits; homeland security, and technology.
He was appointed Assistant Chief & Deputy Director in August of 2015.
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.