Donald E. Schwind has been the Chief of Police since May 6, 1996.  He was born and raised in Franklin County, Ohio.  He enlisted in the United States Army in February 1966 and honorably discharged in April 1969.  He served in Vietnam from June, 1967 to June 1968; he also served a five month tour of duty in Germany after returning from the war.

Don was accepted by the Columbus Division of Police on March 14, 1971.  He held various assignments during his tenure, including the Patrol Bureau and the Detective Bureau.  In 1978 he was selected as one of the original Hostage Negotiators, becoming the Team Leader in 1989.

He retired from the Division on May 4, 1996 to accept the position as Chief of Police for the Sharon Township Police Department, and is still with the Department.

One of the more serious problems facing all of law enforcement today is HOMELAND SECURITY.  Law enforcement has always been aware of it and had some participation, usually limited to minimal number of officers assigned to special task forces.  Today it is far different.  Local law enforcement agencies are now recognized as being the front line defense here at home.  Since September 11, 2001, Chief Schwind has become heavily involved in many aspects of homeland security in the Central Ohio area as well as other areas of the State.  He is a member of  the Franklin County Homeland Security Advisory Committee where he serves as the representative for all of the law enforcement agencies in the County except the Columbus Division of Police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

The most important part of his life are his four daughters, all grown and married; his oldest daughter was born two days before he left for Vietnam.  He has two adult granddaughters, one toddler age granddaughter, and two step-grandsons.

Professional Organizations and Committees:

  • Franklin County Police Chiefs’ Association
  • Ohio Association of Chiefs’ of Police
  • International Association of Chiefs’ of Police
  • Board of Directors, Mid-Ohio Amber Alert
  • Franklin County Homeland Security Advisory Committee

Community Organizations:

  • Veterans’ of Foreign Wars