Chief Kathy Leasure has served more than 24 years with the Bay Village Police Department. She began her career in 1996 as a patrol officer after attending the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy. As a patrol officer, she served as a field training officer, evidence technician, and as a member of the Bike Patrol Unit and Dive Rescue Team. She also assisted another officer in starting RAD (Rape, Aggression, Defense Systems), a women’s self-defense program
In 2008, she was promoted to patrol sergeant and served in that capacity until being assigned as the detective sergeant in 2016. As the detective sergeant, Chief Leasure oversaw all functions of the Detective Bureau, including the supervision or investigation of all criminal cases. She was also a member of the Westshore Crisis Negotiation Team for over 4 years.
Chief Leasure has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Case Western Reserve University. She is also a 2009 graduate of STEP (Supervisor, Training and Education Program) and a 2011 graduate of PELC (Police Executive Leadership College). In 2018, she graduated from the Public Safety Leadership Academy (PSLA), a 12-week, joint training program between the Ohio State Highway Patrol and The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
Chief Leasure has been married to her husband Jim for over 22 years. They enjoy traveling and are avid sports fans.