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  • Age: 53
  • Married to wife, Kim
  • Residence: Hamilton County, City of Cincinnati, Sayler Park Community


  • Cincinnati School District, Western Hills High School, Diploma 1976
  • University of Cincinnati, Associate of Science in Law Enforcement, 1978
  • University of Cincinnati, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, 1980
  • University of Cincinnati, Master of Science in Graduate Studies and Research, 1984
  • Northwestern University, School of Police Staff and Command
  • Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, completed more than 4,000 hours of job training and education


  • Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Jail Division, 1981-1987
  • Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Patrol Division, 1987-2011

Special Assignment

  • Basic Corrections Academy Instructor
  • Traffic Accident Reconstruction
  • Drug Abuse Resistance Education Instructor
  • Bomb Technician (Bomb Squad Commander)
  • Hazmat Technician
  • Basic Patrol Academy Instructor
  • Basic Patrol Academy School Commander


  • Sheriff’s Deputy, 1981-1990
  • Sheriff’s Corporal, 1990-2001
  • Sheriff’s Sergeant, 2001-2005
  • Sheriff’s Lieutenant, 2005-2011


  • College of Community Services award in recognition of Outstanding Academic Achievement and Community Service, 1980
  • Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of Contribution to the Success of “The Basic Corrections Academy”
  • The Greater Cincinnati Jaycees, Greater Cincinnati Outstanding Young Law Enforcement Officer, 1987
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Act of Bravery, 1987
  • Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association, Medal of Honor, 1987
  • Hamilton County Police Association, Police Officer of the Year, 1988
  • The National Sheriff’s Association, Medal of Valor, 1988
  • The Friend of Children PTA award, 1997
  • D.A.R.E. Association of Ohio, Certificate of Appreciation with 10 or More Continuous Years of Service, 2001
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bomb Data Center, Certificate of Appreciation, 2003
  • The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Attendance Award 2010

Professional Affiliations

  • Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
  • Loyal Order of Moose
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Western Hamilton County, Ohio – Lodge #84
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Association of Retired Cincinnati and Hamilton County Police Officers