Colonel Paul A. Pride, a 29-year veteran, joined the Patrol in 1989 as a member of the 118th Academy Class. ... Read more
He received his commission in November of that year and was assigned to the Marietta Post, where he received the Patrol’s Superintendent’s Citation of Merit Award in 1990. Two years later he was named both Post and District Trooper of the Year. In January 1996, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and transferred to the Jackson Post to serve as assistant post commander. As a sergeant, he also served at the Marietta Post and the Gallipolis Post. In May 2000, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and served as the Jackson Post commander.
In February 2002, he was promoted to the rank of staff lieutenant and transferred to the Jackson District Headquarters to serve as the assistant district commander. In February 2006, he was promoted to captain and transferred to the Cambridge District Headquarters to serve as the district commander. In May 2007, he transferred to serve as commander of the Jackson District. Colonel Pride was promoted to the rank of major in January, 2011, and transferred to serve as commander of the Office of Special Operations in Columbus. In 2012, he was promoted to the second highest rank of Lieutenant Colonel and served as an assistant superintendent. He was appointed as the 18th Superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol on July 31 2013, by Director of Public Safety John Born and Governor John Kasich.
Throughout his career and continuing as superintendent his vision for criminal patrol efforts was integral on the program’s success. His direction to troopers has always been: stop cars, talk to people, sell traffic safety and look beyond the original reason for the traffic stop for signs of criminal activity.
Colonel Pride earned his degree from Ohio University. He has completed Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command Training at the FBI’s National Academy and the FBI’s National Executive Institute in Quantico, Virginia.
Prior to joining the Patrol, Colonel Pride served seven years in the United States Marine Corps. He is married with two adult children and three grandchildren.
The assistant superintendent oversees the Patrol's Office of Field Operations, Office of Criminal Investigations and Public Affairs Unit. Lieutenant Colonel Teaford was promoted to the position on April 21, 2014.
The assistant superintendent oversees the Patrol's Office of Planning and Finance, Office of Personnel and Office of Logistics and Security Services. Lieutenant Colonel Fambro was promoted to the position on April 29, 2018.
Major Swindell commands the Office of Field Operations, which has authority over all Patrol posts statewide. His supervision also includes the Aviation Section, Crash Reconstruction, Licensing and Commercial Standards, and the Special Response Team. Major Swindell was promoted to the position on January 17, 2017.
Major Smith commands the Office of Criminal Investigations, which has authority over Criminal Patrol, Investigative Services, the OSHP Crime Lab and the Ohio Investigative Unit. Major Smith was promoted to the position on April 5, 2017.
Major Davis commands the Office of Logistics and Security Services, which has authority over Security Services, Government Affairs, Logistics, Equipment, Information Technology/LEADS, OSHP Hub, and Technology and Communication Services. Major Davis was promoted to the position on March 22, 2013.
Major Church commands the Office of Personnel, which has authority over the Administrative Investigations Unit, Employee Evaluation & Development Unit, Employee Relations Team, Staffing Services, Professional Standards Section, Recruitment, Regional Training, and Training Academy. Major Church was promoted to the position on April 29, 2018.
Major Gaskill commands the Office of Planning and Finance, which has authority over Fiscal Services, Administrative Audits, Patrol Auxiliary, Central Records Unit, Historical Preservation Unit, Ohio Traffic Safety Office, Photographic Services, Policy Development/Accreditation, Risk Management Unit, Special Events Unit, Statistical Analysis, and Traffic Safety/FARS. Major Gaskill was promoted to the position on January 8, 2016.
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Columbus, Ohio 43218-2074
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