Staff Member
Captain Richard Thomas
Captain Richard Thomas Contact Information:
Phone: 440-329-3767
Fax: 440-329-3792
Email: Contact this member via the Contact Form on this site.

Captain Richard D. Thomas, CLEE was appointed to his current position in April, 2016.  Prior to that, he had served with the North Ridgeville Police Department from 1979 to 2011, rising through the ranks to serve as Chief of Police from 2001 to 2011.  While with North Ridgeville he enjoyed various assignments as a patrol supervisor, training officer, hostage negotiator, SWAT team commander, Detective Bureau commander and Operations Officer. Following his time at North Ridgeville, he served as an investigator for the Lorain County Prosecutor’s Office

Captain Thomas is a US Army veteran, having served two enlistments from 1972 to 1978, first as an infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division and later as a military police officer.  He also served as a special deputy and vice-chairman when the Lorain County Drug Task Force was created, and subsequently on the county’s Anti-Terrorism Task Force.  He is a former adjunct instructor in the criminal justice program at Lorain County Community College and Northcoast Polytechnic Institute, and has served as an instructor on various police topics for more than 30 years.

Captain Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Myers College (Summa Cum Laude), is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC), the FBI National Academy (171st Session) and is a Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE).  He also serves as a consultant with the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.  Capt. Thomas is a member of a host of professional organizations and the North Ridgeville Lions Club.