2012 Director’s Community Leadership Awards
The Cleveland Division is pleased to honor Fred Szabo, a crime prevention advocate and supporter of law enforcement, as a recipient of the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award.
In 2001, Mr. Szabo was appointed commissioner of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE). He is responsible for operations, security, and maintenance at the airport, including the implementation of federal security directives and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulatory requirements. Mr. Szabo is a strong supporter of the Cleveland FBI’s civil aviation security program. He built a dedicated office space for FBI employees that conforms to Bureau security requirements and supplied telephone lines, FAA and operations radios, and a dedicated computer and monitor for closed circuit television views of the airport’s more than 400 cameras. He also has allowed FBI tactical training to take place at the airport and has dedicated the tower in the airport’s fire-rescue department facility as the FBI’s designated forward command post location in the event of a major aircraft or airport incident.
Mr. Szabo has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement. Prior to his role as airport commissioner, Mr. Szabo served as the assistant director of public safety for the city of Cleveland, the administrative assistant to both the Cleveland chief of police and safety director, the spokesman for the Cleveland Police Department, and the acting emergency medical services commissioner for the city of Cleveland. He is the recipient of three National Association of Counties Achievement Awards for developing innovative law enforcement projects and was honored as the 2009 City of Cleveland Veteran of the Year. Mr. Szabo is a 2012 graduate of the Cleveland FBI Citizens Academy.