Newark police chief motivated by passion, love for job

Newark Police Chief Erik McKee talks about the state of the Newark Police Department and his future goals for the department at the Newark Police Department in Newark, Ohio on March 24, 2022.

Despite not having a lifelong dream of becoming a police officer, Newark Police Chief Erik McKee found a home within the law enforcement community.

He also found a passion for the job.

Though McKee didn’t intend on becoming a police officer – or chief – as a child, it’s his passion for the job and community policing that keep him coming back.

“Growing up, I always admired law enforcement. But I didn’t have a strong desire to be in law enforcement. That calling didn’t come until way later in life,” he said. “I love coming to work every day – still. I’m in my 26th year and I love coming to work every day.”

Enlisting in the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, McKee chose to become a law enforcement specialist. He soon after completed a tour in Desert Storm.

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