S/Lt. Marla Gaskill
I chose the Patrol for a variety of reasons including job security, health care benefits, opportunities to pursue a variety of interests within the Patrol, equal promotional opportunities, tuition reimbursement, and the ability to transfer to different Patrol posts throughout the state, if I wanted.
Even though the training at the Academy was physically and mentally demanding, I knew I would be prepared to perform my duties as a state trooper. In addition to the daily responsibilities of traffic enforcement and crash investigations, I enjoyed the opportunity to speak to high school students and local community organizations.
During my time as a trooper, I obtained my private pilot’s license. I never thought I would be able to combine my love of flying with my job, but I did. I transferred to the aviation section and became for the first female trooper/pilot for the Patrol. I accepted a promotion to sergeant and transferred to a Patrol post.
As a sergeant, I was responsible for the day to day operations on a shift, while working both the afternoon and midnight shifts. I enjoyed the opportunity to help fellow troopers pursue their careers, make decisions as a supervisor, and develop my leadership abilities.
I mentioned earlier the opportunities available to transfer and since I was always searching for ways to continue my professional development, I transferred to the administrative investigation unit (commonly known as internal affairs) as a sergeant. I was later promoted to a lieutenant and transferred to a Patrol post as the post commander. Being a post commander was the most rewarding, and at the same time, a very demanding position. At my current rank of staff lieutenant - I am now the commander of the Capitol Operation at the Ohio State House..
years with the patrol I have taken advantage of the following training