Blog module icon

All Blog

Find out what's happening in the blog. Below is a list of blog items.

Jun 30

Police: Serving the community, so many ways

Posted to City Manager's Blog, By Shelley Dickstein by Alex Despain

Dayton Police Uniform Patch

We see the uniform, we see the badge, and we probably notice the gun they carry. But as with nearly any situation or group of people, there is much more than meets the eye.

Have you looked at the face of the man or woman who wakes up every day and makes a decision to protect perfect strangers?

If you look at a bodycam video of Dayton Officer Thadeu Holloway, you would see blood dripping onto the camera lens from a gunshot wound on the side of his head after he was shot by a fraud suspect (an incident occurring in September of 2021 that resulted in Officer Holloway being recognized nationally for exemplary policing work).

If you listen to the audio from that scene, you would hear Officer Holloway communicating with innocent bystanders, telling them to stay where they were because the suspect still had a gun--and then thanking them for being cooperative. You would hear Officer Holloway refuse to leave to get needed medical attention because the scene needed to be secured and the suspect needed first aid as well.

Sure, you might say, “That was all over the news and that’s only one officer and one incident.”

There are more…Do you know about Officer Hargraves, who plucked a distressed man from the edge a bridge, preventing him from jumping? How about Officers Ishmael and Wiesman, who were first to arrive on a fire scene and found a frantic mother whose baby was still inside the burning building? They went inside the home, guided by the mother, and rescued the child from a certain death.

Then there’s Officer Olinger, who saved a trapped car accident victim’s life by putting a tourniquet on his badly damaged arm, giving firefighters time to carefully remove the man from the twisted vehicle. You should also know about Officers Murphy and Urekar, who put a woman in their cruiser and rushed her to the hospital when her EpiPen wasn’t alleviating a serious allergic reaction. Oh, and they made sure her car got to the hospital, so it was there when she was released.

And though there was no media coverage, please be aware that Officer Webster apprehended a man moments after he tried to kidnap a woman at gunpoint, and that Officers Speelman and Betsinger helped a mom get her autistic teenager home safely and then retrieved her keys from a roof, where the teen had thrown them.

Then there are the detectives who spend years on investigating and bringing cases to trial, such as Detective Dulaney, who worked to bring justice to a number of scammers who took advantage of residents after the tornadoes of 2019. Or how about Detective Phillips who worked tirelessly to put a drug dealer responsible for four overdose deaths in prison?

In 2021, more than 40 Dayton officers (and some civilians) worked together as a team on a gun reduction initiative, succeeding in removing more than 100 guns from our streets and making 191 felony arrests. The efforts were targeted at those taking part in the most violent crimes.

These law enforcement professionals didn’t know any of the people they saved or helped or sought justice for. They don’t put on the badge for recognition, and they don’t carry a gun because they want to use it. I hope when you see the badge, you will also see the face of the man or woman who wakes up every morning and makes a decision to protect perfect strangers.

When recruiting new officers, the Dayton Police Department seeks people who value fairness and service above all else. We’re looking for recruits now; the application period ends July 31. The potential for job specialization and growth toward leadership positions is plentiful—recruits are sometimes surprised by the scope of skills and interests that police work can involve. I encourage anyone interested to look into this opportunity. Information is available at

Sep 16

North Main Street Corridor Community Newsletter

Posted to Gem City Notes by Alex Despain

Welcome everyone to the first North Main Street Corridor Community Newsletter!

This will be the first of a series of newsletters that will provide updates to the North Main Street Community about City led initiatives and news along the Corridor. If anyone has any questions, please reach out to Keeghan White at

 Community Engagement

Did you know? The City of Dayton has a Division dedicated to Community Engagement? For the North Main Street Corridor, the Engagement Specialists are Verletta Jackson, Charles Porter, Rachel Hardenbrook, and Kyren Gantt. They are here to communicate with residents about their concerns and aim to involve residents and neighborhoods organizations in city government. See the map below to find the respective geographies for each Community Engagement Specialist!

Neighborhood Assignments_all_labels (002)

If you have any questions or comments for your neighborhood’s Engagement Specialist, their contact information can be found here:

North Main Safety Improvements

The City is preparing with the Ohio Department of Transportation to undertake a $6.4 million project to implement safety improvements on North Main Street, from the Great Miami Boulevard in the City of Dayton to Shoup Mill/Turner Road in Harrison Township. The project is currently in the preliminary design phase but is expected to begin in early 2024 with construction to take approximately nine months. Use the following link to be taken to the project webpage: North Main Street Safety Improvements | Dayton, OH (

N Main

For any questions regarding the project, please contact Joe Weinel at

North Central Community Reinvestment Area

On March 14th, the Ohio Department of Development certified the North Central Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) which provides tax incentives for property owners who renovate existing or construct new buildings. Residential, commercial, and industrial projects consistent with applicable zoning regulations are eligible for the program. The area encompassed by the North Central CRA is included below.

North Central CRA Area

CRA: the boundary of the North Central CRA area.

For more information on the CRA, use the following link to access the Ohio Department of Development’s webpage The Ohio Community Reinvestment Area | Development. For questions regarding project eligibility, contact Cynthia Long at



After many years of deterioration, the vacant property located at 1824 North Main Street was demolished! This demolition is only one of many to come with $15.8 million of the total $55 million in American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds being allocated for the demolition of blighted properties citywide and within the ARPA focus neighborhoods of Five Oaks, Wolf Creek, Old North Dayton, Carillon, and Edgemont.

1824 before demo

1824 N. Main Street boarded, and sitting vacant. 

Post demo

The site of 1824 N. Main Street after the building was demolished earlier this year.

Community Projects

North Main & W. Fairview Avenue

The City is undertaking a placemaking project at the community garden located at the corner of North Main and West Fairview Avenue. The project will include the paving of the crushed gravel path that currently extends across the site, installing decorate pole lighting along the path, and installing decorative lighting to illuminate the Hillview neighborhood sign. The City is in the process of performing an environmental review for the project and will provide updates as they are available.

Apr 06

22. Great Miami Riverway

Posted to Podcast - Birthplace of Next by Alex Despain

In this Birthplace of Next Extra Edition, we're featuring Elizabeth Connor of the Great Miami Riverway. From Sidney to Hamilton, The Great Miami Riverway is 99 miles of river, paved trails and connected communities, only an hour away from Cincinnati and Columbus at the Crossroads of America. The City of dayton is a Proud Sponsor of the Great Miami Riverway, and Elizabeth will tell us more about the organization.