Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Cleveland completes change of command

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Cleveland held a change-of-command ceremony in Cleveland Friday.

Captain Joseph Dufresne, commander, Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, presided over the ceremony to transfer command from Lt. Cmdr. Mickey Dougherty to Lt. Cmdr. Steven Elliott.

Dougherty assumed command of MSU Cleveland in July of 2015 and will be moving on to Coast Guard’s 8th District in New Orleans, Louisiana. During his time as the commanding officer of MSU Cleveland, he led 38 Active Duty and Reserve personnel and played a major role in the Republican National Convention, and significant improvements to safety on the Cuyahoga River.

Elliott was previously assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he worked in the office of commercial vessel compliance. While there he served as the outer continental shelf branch chief for four years.

MSU Cleveland is Northeast Ohio’s premier maritime safety and regulatory authority. The unit’s area of responsibility stretches from the Pennsylvania/Ohio border to Vermillion, Ohio along Lake Erie and as far south as Akron, Ohio.

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