(Painesville) - With over 46 years of law enforcement service to the citizens of Lake County Sheriff Daniel A. Dunlap has decided to retire. Sheriff Dunlap has been the Sheriff of Lake County for the past 27 years, having been elected to 7 terms in Office which no other Sheriff in our County has surpassed.
A life-long resident of Lake County, he began his career as a Deputy Sheriff on May 13, 1973. Over the next 46 years he would serve as a Deputy, Deputy Sergeant, Deputy Lieutenant, serve as one of the 1st team members of the first SWAT team formed in Ohio, work as a special investigator for the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office, and become the duly elected Sheriff in January of 1993.
He has been an instructor in the Basic Police Academy, instructor for the Ohio Sheriff’s Administrative Training school, and was the first certified Sheriff in Ohio for Drug and Alcohol Treatment.
Along the way Sheriff Dunlap has received numerous honors. Some of those included the Lake County Bar Association Liberty Bell Award recognizing him for promoting the principles of the United States Constitution.
Twice he received the Lake County Blue Coats Award as the outstanding police officer in the County for excellence in service. He received the Deputy of Year award when he was recognized as the outstanding Deputy at the Sheriff’s Office just prior to being elected Sheriff.
He was honored by Riverside High School in his induction to the Hall of Fame. Recognized by Concord Township as the Citizen of the Year, he also received the Distinguished Service award from the Painesville Township School District.
He was also named NAACP Man of the Year, and most recently was recognized as Leader of the Year by Leadership Lake County.
Some of Sheriff Dunlap’s accomplishments deserve special mention:
• Going back to his time as Deputy Lieutenant, he was placed in charge of Lake County’s Emergency Operations and Dispatch Center located behind Lakeland Community College. Through his efforts working with County leaders, Police Chiefs and Fire Chiefs he helped form the groundwork for the outstanding center it is today.
• He attended the 156th session of the FBI National Academy. Leaders and managers of state, local, county, tribal, military, federal, and international law enforcement agencies attend the FBI National Academy. Participation is by invitation only, through a nomination process. Participants are drawn from every U.S. state and territory and from international partner nations. Less than 2% of law enforcement will have the opportunity to attend this academy in their career.
• Mentioned earlier, he was the first certified Sheriff in Ohio for Drug and Alcohol Treatment. In 1993, in his first team as Sheriff, he created the jail Drug and Alcohol treatment program to treat offenders and return them back to society better then when they first arrived. Since 1993 the program has far exceeded national treatment programs with 60% of those receiving treatment in not returning to jail within the first year of their release.
• As Sheriff he recognized the growing problem of mental illness in our community, and its effect on the rising jail population. Together with Mentor Municipal Court Judge John Trebets, he helped establish the first ever mental health court in Lake County.
• Since becoming Sheriff in 1993 the jail has passed every State Jail inspection, and became the first jail in Ohio ever certified as being in full-compliance with the Ohio Minimum Jail Standards.
Sheriff Dunlap leaves office on August 31st.
(Photos courtesy Lake County Sheriff's Office)
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