Board of Directors
Chief Scott Snow, President
Chief Scott Snow serves currently as Chief Ranger for the Great Parks of Hamilton County and is the president of The Shield. He has been a member of law enforcement for over 31 years. Chief Snow believes in servant leadership and setting the best example he can for those around him. He supports The Shield because should an officer fall in the line of duty, they can rest assured that The Shield will stand behind the family and provide the support they need.
Chief Niel Korte, Vice President
Chief Rich Wallace, Treasurer
Chief Rick Hines, Benefits Coordinator
Chief Richard D. Hines is The Shield’s benefits coordinator and Mariemont’s Chief of Police. Serving in the police force is important to Chief Hines because he feels it gives him an opportunity to give back to the community. Chief Hines has always enjoyed helping people, and he considers his job a rewarding profession. For Chief Hines, The Shield represents a symbol of protection. He says the organization functions to ease the pain of financial loss or burden to those in need.
Chief Scott Gaviglia, Secretary
Chief John “Satch” Coletta, Retired
Chief John “Satch” Coletta currently served for 32 years as an officer for the Delhi Township police department. In the 1970s Chief Coletta’s friend, John Bechtol, was killed in the line of duty. Bechtol and Coletta had been next-door neighbors, and they attended the police academy together. Although The Shield wasn’t around in 1970, Coletta is sure his widow and son could have used immediate financial help.
Chief Michael Laage, Retired
Chief Michael E. Laage served 12 years as Springdale’s police chief. Serving in the police force is important to Chief Laage because he feels he has fostered a sense of trust in his community. He says he has always tried to treat everyone with respect an in a professional manner. As one of the founding chiefs of the organization, Chief Laage holds The Shield in high regards. He hopes that The Shield continues to grow with the support of communities and those within the police force.
Chief John Monahan, Retired
Captain Richard Schmalz, Retired
Captain Richard Schmalz is a retired police captain for the Cincinnati Police Department who has served with the department for 45 years. During his time, he was heavily involved with committees for the police department, including the Police Executive Leadership College Alumni board and served as past president and current board member of the Hamilton County Police Association. Captain Schmalz likes the tight-knit feel of the police community, and he calls it a brotherhood. He supports The Shield because it provides a support system for a lot of the smaller departments by providing revenue where they may not be able to generate it themselves.
Major Mike Horton, Retired
Chief Dennis Rees, Founding President
Chief Dennis Michael Rees was one of The Shield’s founding members and was elected its first president.
Dennis was an officer who served in all five Cincinnati Police Department divisions from 1972 to 2008, and was the former Chief of the Loveland Police Department. Additionally, he served on the CPD SWAT Team for 20 years. Chief Rees enjoyed the responsibility of serving his community and protecting the safety of its members. As one of the founding members, Chief Rees took pride in The Shield’s abilities to care for officers and their families. He served as President of The Shield from its inception until 2008. From 2008 until his death in 2018, Chief Rees served on the Board as a Trustee.