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For Immediate Release: June 14, 2013
Contact: Lt. Anne R. Ralston (614) 752-2792

Inaugural “Public Safety Leadership Academy” class graduates


Columbus - The first “Public Safety Leadership Academy” class graduated 30 law enforcement leaders today after 11- weeks of accredited, college-level training through a partnership with The Ohio State University – John Glenn School of Public Affairs. The training was hosted at the Patrol’s Training Academy and was offered at no cost to agencies by using casino tax revenue that was distributed to the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services for the purpose of supporting law enforcement training efforts.

During today’s ceremony, Director Thomas P. Charles, Ohio Department of Public Safety  and Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent provided remarks and Mark Weaver, President and Founder of Communications Counsel, Inc., addressed the graduates.

“Investing in Ohio’s future leaders is critical to the safety and security of our state, said Director Thomas P. Charles, Ohio Department of Public Safety. “The Public Safety Leadership Academy is an investment in Ohio’s law enforcement leaders so they may go forward in their careers and continue to lead others.”

Graduates received 10 semester hours of academic credit, along with a certificate in Senior Leadership through The Ohio State University – John Glenn School of Public Affairs. The specialized curriculum completed by the graduates was part of a carefully managed course with content in the areas of leadership and ethics; interpersonal and organizational communication; public management; organizational culture and ethics; human resources management; budgeting; and organizational behavior in law enforcement.

In addition, graduates also attended enrichment nights, which were executive level development seminars presented by distinguished speakers from both the government and private sector, on such topics as leadership lessons learned while under adverse conditions, inspiration and courage, and stress management.

Graduates spent a week in Washington D.C. attending the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum law enforcement course, learning about various leadership styles from Marine Corp Base instructors, and visiting other important sites that helped shape our Nation’s leaders. 

As part of a community outreach effort, graduates spent time volunteering with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, passing out food and loading trucks. They also volunteered time with Lower Lights Ministries working with children in the Franklinton area of Columbus, working on houses and serving dinner at Rachel’s House. 



Graduate Name                                             Department
Chief Clifford Bigler                                          Utica Police Department
Lieutenant Darrin Blosser                                  Ohio State Highway Patrol
Lieutenant Linda Brown                                    Canton Police Department
Lieutenant Craig Cvetan                                    Ohio State Highway Patrol
Captain Jack Davis                                            Cuyahoga Falls Police Department
Lieutenant Douglas Eck                                     Ohio State Highway Patrol
Lieutenant David Fink                                        Cincinnati Police Department
Lieutenant Vern Fisher                                      Ohio State Highway Patrol
Chief Nick Garver                                             Frazeysburg Police Department
Lieutenant Aaron Gentry                                   Ohio State Highway Patrol
Lieutenant George Harlow*                               Ohio State Highway Patrol
Lieutenant Eric Henderson                                 Dayton Police Department
Lieutenant Nakia Hendrix                                  Ohio State Highway Patrol
Captain Bryan Holbrook                                    Bexley Police Department
Lieutenant Ronald Holman                                 Lima Police Department
Lieutenant Travis Hughes                                  Ohio State Highway Patrol
Sergeant Steven Hurd                                        Eaton Police Department
Commander Scott Hyland                                  Columbus Police Department
Asst. Agent- in-Charge Adam Johnson               Ohio Investigative Unit
Sergeant Michael Majernik                                Mentor Police Department
Sergeant Brett McNabb                                      Medina Police Department
Sergeant Matthew Neil                                      Montville Police Department
Lieutenant Max Norris                                       Ohio State Highway Patrol
Captain Thomas Simon                                      Brookville Police Department
S/Lieutenant Jeffrey Skinner                              Ohio State Highway Patrol
Captain Stephen Szekely Jr.                               Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office
Lieutenant James Tracy                                     Ohio State Highway Patrol
Lieutenant Steven Tucker                                  Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant Robert Valley                                      Mentor Police Department
Lieutenant William Weirtz                                  Ohio State Highway Patrol

* Denotes Class Speaker

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