City of Deer Park, Ohio
"The Right Town for a  Bright Future"

Safety Service Director


Mike Berens began his career with City of Deer Park as a police cadet in January 1975. As a cadet, his duties consisted of police clerk and dispatcher and attended classes at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Police Academy.   

Mike was promoted to Patrolman in August 1976 and to Sergeant in May of 1981.  During these years, he was instrumental in initiating the Neighborhood Watch Program and other innovative Crime Prevention and School Safety projects.  He was also a 15 year member of the Hamilton County Police Association SWAT Team as Hostage Negotiator,  eventually becoming the Hostage Negotiations Team leader.  

In November of 1994, Mike was promoted to Chief of Police.  As Chief, Mike was responsible for maintaining efficient day to day operations of the police department.  Mike was also involved with the Hamilton County Association of Chiefs of Police and was President of that organization in 2000.  He also sat on several committees of the Ohio Association of Chief's of Police and Chairman of the Executive Institute Committee.        

In February of 2001, Mike retired from the Police Department and became Township Administrator for the neighboring community, Sycamore Township. As Administrator, Mr. Berens served as the head of the Township Management Team and was responsible for the efficient operation of all Sycamore Township activities, acting as liaison between the various department heads and the Board of Trustees. He reported directly to the Board of Trustees and carried out projects as they directed. He also worked with outside agencies to coordinate current projects and to develop plans for the future. Mike was the representative for Sycamore Township to various local, county and state organizations. 

Mike returned to Deer Park in April 2006 to assume the responsibilities of Safety-Service Director.  Mike is responsible for enforcing the policies of the city as well as the administration of all safety and service functions of the City of Deer Park.   He also serves on the Executive Board of the Deer Park-Silverton Joint Fire District. 

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