Norton was incorporated as a Village in 1961 and Forest C. Diefendorff was appointed as the first Chief of Police. Chief Diefendorff served in this capacity until his retirement in 1989. Thomas E. Walters was then appointed Chief in late 1989 and served until March 1993.
On September 1, 1993, Norton Police Sergeant Greg Carris was sworn in as the department's third Chief of Police.
Chief Carris retired on May 9, 2008 after serving our community for 30 plus years. On May 8, 2008, Lieutenant Thad Hete was appointed to serve as the Interim Police Chief until such time that a permanent Chief is named.
On February 17, 2009 Chief Thad Hete was introduced to Council as Norton's fourth Police Chief. Chief Hete was officially sworn in by Mayor David L. Koontz on February 19, 2009.
Chief Hete retired on September 19, 2014 and Sergeant John Dalessandro took the position of Interim Police Chief until such time that a permanent Chief is named.
On November 19, 2014 Chief John Dalessandro was officially sworn in as the City's fifth Police Chief by Mayor Mike Zita.