Wood County SheriffTerm Commencing January 4, 2021Term of Office: 4 yearsSalary: $102,737Responsibilities: To provide services to the courts, to oversee the county jail, and to act as chief law enforcement officer for the county.(Winner of this race is shown below.)
Rossford High School 1979
Hillsdale College B.A. 1983
Sheriff since 01-2005
Board of Directors, Executive Committee National Sheriff's Association 2012-present
Buckeye State Sheriff's Assoc. President 2017
Perrysburg Police 1990-2005
We start by hiring deputies with servant mentality. Deputies must be well trained. We exceed and have exceeded all training requirements. We train de-escalation and critical incident training for people with mental health issues. We are on the list as fully compliant with Ohio Collaborative. We use Lexipol for online policy and procedures that has regular reviews and quizzes of our policies.
Transparency and accountability are vital. WCSO is the first in the region to have body cameras. We have had body cameras for seven years and dash cameras in our vehicles since about 2006. We regularly and randomly review both body cameras and dash cameras. Our jail has 130 cameras and all record video and where allowed record audio. These are also reviewed.
Our web site has a link showing our active calls. The jail section shows who is in jail and court dates etc.
I am accessible to all the citizens. I answer my own phone and emails.
Sheriffs operate 85% of the jails in our country. We are the number one provider of mental health care! Unfortunately, our society has allowed our jails to become mental hospitals. We do not have the proper medical facilities to deal with mental health inmates and detoxing inmates. Inmates detoxing from opiates lasts several days.
My staff and I have been working with the commissioners on a design that will better accommodate inmates. Having our medical staff located near the booking area with medical beds will make the nurses and medical staff more efficient. This design will accomodate HIPPA requirements which our current design does not.
Our number of inmates went down significantly during COVID -19 due to significantly fewer arrests county wide. Prior to COVID -19 we were short female beds. Our expansion design allowed for female beds being laid out more efficiently. Hoping some of the changes due to COVID -19 may delay or eliminate the need for the bed expansion project
We start by attending job fairs and online postings to find the right fit. The candidate must be of a servant mentality, be honest and have integrity. Candidates must pass a test conducted by National Testing. We do a thorough background check, psychological testing and interview panels and an interview with me.
Once the deputy is hired they are assigned to several specially trained and selected field training deputies for about a month each for a total of three or four months. If they pass this process they continue on probation for a year. Several trainings are required, included those listed previously required of all deputies.
We have been very pleased with the quality of our deputies. They understand that we work for the citizens of Wood County.
The Wood County Sheriff’s Office is a full service law enforcement office. Our work is committed to the prevention of crime; the protection of life and property; the preservation of peace and order; the enforcement of laws; the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees; and the safekeeping of inmates.
To fulfill this mission, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to providing a quality work environment and to developing its deputies through training, education, and leadership.
We are dedicated to conducting ourselves in a manner respectful of the trust that has been placed upon us as law enforcement personnel, which includes but is not limited to honesty, integrity and leadership.