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
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.
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.