Eleftherios Oikonomou is retired Police Lieutenant General, former interim Minister of the Hellenic Ministry of Citizen Protection (2012), former Chief of the Hellenic Police (2009 – 2011) and Honorary Chief of Hellenic Police since 2011.
He joined the Force of the former Hellenic Gendarmerie in 1974 and graduated from the Officer Police Academy in 1981. Having served in various line as well as staff Services mainly related to state security, he was the first Press Spokesman of the Hellenic Police and the Ministry of Public Order (2001–2006) with the responsibility, among others, of the Police’s overall communication strategy during the dismantling of the Greek terrorist groups of 17N and E.L.A., during the Greek Presidency in the EU in 2003 as well as during the Olympic Games in 2004.
As a Police Brigadier General, he has served as the Director of the Alien Division of Attica and as the First Deputy Director of the Security Division of Attica until 2008, when he was promoted to the rank of Police Major General and was placed as the General Director of VIP Security. In 2009 he was promoted to the rank of Police Lieutenant General and was appointed as the General Police Inspector of Southern Greece, while in 2011 he was assigned as the Secretary General of Public Order.
Being the Honorary First Vice President of the Hellenic Federation of Police Officers, he has actively taken part in the struggle for the recognition of the unionism right of the Hellenic Police Personnel. Police Lieutenant General Eleftherios Oikonomou has attended multiple specialized seminars, in Greece as well as abroad, related to matters of police interest and he has taken part in task forces within the framework of the European Union. He was born in Konitsa of the Ioannina district in 1956. He is married and has a daughter.