Chief Deputy Rick Minerd began his career with the Sheriff's Office in May, 1991. He has gone on to serve, in the Corrections Division, Communications Center, Patrol Bureau, Detective Bureau, Special Investigations Unit. In addition, he worked as a member of the Dive Team and Honor Guard. Chief Deputy Minerd has spent several years serving as an operator, team leader, and eventually Commander of the SWAT Team.
Chief Deputy Minerd is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He has earned a Bachelor's degree in Public Safety Management, as well as a Master's degree in Business Administration, both from The Franklin University.
His experiences includes, initiating the Sheriff's Office first Emergency Operations Center during the I-270 Highway Shooter investigation, establishing the Sheriff's Office's first Crime Prevention Analyst, and playing a significant role in the successful prosecution of a number of high profile homicide investigations, drug cases, and other crimes in Central Ohio.
Chief Deputy Minerd understands the necessity for collaboration and strong partnerships throughout the community. He has served as a panelist for the Ohio Criminal Justice Services - Drug Trends Conference, where he spoke extensively about synthetic drugs. He has also served as a liaison to the Mid-Ohio Amber Alert Board, Columbus City Child Fatality Review Board, Parents of Murdered Children, and other groups such as the Franklin County Police Chief's Association and Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Because of his vast experience and leadership, Chief Deputy Minerd is the recipient of numerous awards of Commendation and Merit from the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association.