SPRING 2012 3
The Tom Stickrath fle
Law enfocementfom acoss the statewill gathe at 11 a.m.May 3 to hono six of thei pees who lostthei lives in the lineof duty in 2011 and six histoical nomi-
nees. The Ohio Peace Ofcers’ Memorial
Ceemony — making its 25th annivesay
— will take place at the Ohio Peace Ofcer
Taining Academy in London.
Those lost in 2011:
• Deputy Suzanne M. Hopper of theClark County Sheriff’s Ofce, who was
shot on Jan. 1, 2011, while espond-ing to a call at a local campgound
• Ofcer Thomas R. Hayes of the
Columbus Division of Police, who diedJan. 20, 2011, fom complicationsesulting fom a 1979 gunshot wound
• Ofcer Jonathan V. Bastock of the
Stow Police Depatment, who died Feb.5, 2011, fom an on-duty injuy
• Capt. Daniel Stiles of the Uniontown
Police Depatment, who died Feb. 15,
2011, while directing trafc• Ofcer Andrew S. Dunn of the
Sandusky Police Depatment, whowas shot while confonting a suspecton Mach 19, 2011
• Sgt. Brian S. Dulle of the Warren CountySheriff’s Ofce, who died May 10, 2011,
afte being stuck by a suspect’s vehicle
On striving for excellence
I shae the Attoney Geneal’s vision that BCI vey clealybe the best at what we do — be the best investigativeagency, the best laboatoy, the best opeation of outype in the county. How you achieve that is thoughcustome sevice, undestanding ou customes’ needs,undestanding whee BCI adds value. I’ve told ouleadeship team that this is a new nomal — this levelof engagement, the inceased numbe of cases coming into ou lab, the high level of investigations and callsthat we get — so we need to get used to the pace. I setthe ba high, and I have high expectations.
On BCI’s strategies for improvement
If somebody’s doing something bette than us, I wantto lean fom that. We’e looking at othe labs, at bestpactices, and benchmaks. So we’ll get thee by hiing the best, looking fo the best, eading the eseach, andengaging with Ohio eseaches and academicians.
On BCI’s relationship with local authorities
I want them to think of us as tue patnes. I’ve spent alot of time talking with sheiffs and chiefs and posecu-
He holds a bachelo’sdegee in business administationand a law degee, both fom OhioState Univesity.
His wife, Denise, is a ceti-
ed public accountant. They have
two daughtes, Kelsey, a collegesophomoe, and Kylie, an eighth-gade.
Stickath has sevedas diecto of the Ohio Depatmentof Public Safety; diecto of theOhio Depatment of Youth Se-vices; assistant diecto, egionaldiecto, waden and chief inspec-to fo the Ohio Depatment of re-habilitation and Coection; and asinteim diecto of the Goveno’s
Ofce of Criminal Justice Services.
tos. I want them to see us as that patne and that place that adds value to the law enfocement
community through our specialties — through our Laboratory, Identication, and Investigations divi
-sions. The Law Enfocement roundtables that the Attoney Geneal has been holding acoss thestate ae geat vehicles to get the message out. I give sheiffs and chiefs my cell phone numbe andtell them to call me 24/7. And they take me up on that — fotunately not evey night o evey minute!
On what best prepared him for this role
I’m not a scientist and I’m not a police ofcer, and so I have great respect for those who are. What
helped me, othe than having the oppotunity to hold leadeship positions in othe lage oganiza-tions, is woking with a boad spectum of pactitiones in the cimi-nal justice community. That gives me a stong undestanding of the
criminal justice system and where the pieces t together.
On his management style
I believe stongly in “management by walking aound,” by walking and talking. That’s how I lean. It’s been one of my main manage-ment pinciples in evey position that I’ve had. You can lean muchmoe by talking to staff than you can by pushing pape. And, you know, that’s a challenge, becausethee’s plenty of pape to push and phone calls and e-mails to answe. It’s also impotant to tellpeople that they’e doing a good job. All manages have to deal with people fom time to time whoaen’t pefoming, but I like to catch people doing things ight. That’s impotant.
Read an extended interview with Tom Stickrath at
.Caleb Dunn hugs a memorial to his dad, Andrew
Dunn, a Sandusky police ofcer who will be
among those honored May 3. (Photo courtesy of Jason Werling/The Sandusky Register.)