Gilbert H. Jones began his service to his country in July 1961 by serving four years as a military policeman in the U.S. Air Force. In November 1965 he entered the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy and graduated as a trooper in February 1966. He served over 31 years with the State Patrol and retired as a Lt. Colonel (second in command) in September 1997. In September 1998 he became the Chief Deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and is responsible for the daily operations of the Patrol Division.
Over the years, the former Lieutenant Colonel volunteered countless hours promoting a wide range of safety topics. He was instrumental in the success of Project Lighthouse, a program designed to reduce violence for children and families in central Ohio by providing youth activities, tutoring, counseling and educational programs about gangs and crime. He has been involved in Diversified Community Services, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides residential and human services for individuals and families exhibiting physical and mental disabilities and has served on the Board of Directors for Syntaxis (residential care for troubled youths in Franklin County) for the past 4 years.
Chief Deputy Gilbert H. Jones and his wife are the proud parents of two grown daughters, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.