Police Department


Chief Michael Rizzo

Michael joined the South Russell Police Department in 1997 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2011.  In January 2013, he was appointed Chief of Police. He received the South Russell Village “Employee of the Year” award in 2008 and 2013.  Mike is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) and serves on the Chagrin Valley Dispatch Communication Committee.  Mike implemented the South Russell “Shop with a Cop” program and the “Cops and Kids Fishing” event. 

You can email Chief Rizzo at policechief@southrussell.com or call 440-338-6700 ext. 225




Lieutenant Michael Fabian

Michael Fabian was appointed to the position of Lieutenant on February 25, 2013.  Mike is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He currently serves on the Valley Enforcement Group Communication Committee and is the department’s Certified Firearms Instructor.  He began his law enforcement career in 1996 as a Ranger with the Geauga Park District eventually taking a position with the Middlefield Police Department in 2005 where he held the position of Staff Sergeant and was later promoted to Lieutenant.  Mike sees oversees the day to day operations of the police department and is involved with the implementation and coordination of our new community based programs.  

You can email Lt. Fabian at police@southrussell.com or call 440-338-6700 ext. 227



Sergeant David Viezer

David Viezer was appointed to the position of Sergeant in August of 2016.  David’s duties include case file management, departmental statistics, and records management.  He is a certified Taser Instructor and is responsible for all public records requests.  Dave also serves on the Valley Enforcement Group’s Child Abduction Response Team.  Additional duties include first line supervision, approval of incident reports and managing the Detective Bureau.

Dave can be reached at 440-338-6700 Ext. #229

Department Patrol Officers