Franklin County Sheriff


Chaplain Leo Connolly has been a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains since 1985 and has served in law enforcement chaplaincy since 1984 with various departments in central and southern Ohio including his present ministry with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Columbus that he began in 1984. He currently serves as chair of the ICPC Credentials Committee, as a member of the Central Ohio Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Team, as a member of the Mid-Ohio CISM Team and is a member of the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association Chaplains' Committee. In 2002, Chaplain Connolly received the Jack Price Award for Excellency in Chaplaincy Award from the International Conference of Police Chaplains. In 2004, Chaplain Connolly received a Master Credentials Certificate at the ICPC Annual Training Seminar in St. Louis Missouri. In 2011, Chaplain Connolly received a Diplomat Credentials Certificate at the ICPC Training Seminar in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Chaplain Connolly responded with many other chaplains, including two from Central Ohio, to assist the New York and New Jersey Port Authority Police Department in the aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster. He also responded with nine other chaplains to assist the Houston Police Department at the Astrodome and Reliant Center in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, he also responded with two other chaplains to assist the Harris County, Texas (Houston) area.

Chaplain Connolly has taken Basic and Advanced Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and Pastoral Crisis Intervention courses offered by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

Chaplain Connolly has completed the IS 100, IS 700, and IS 800 with the Department of Homeland Security.

Ordained a priest in 1981 for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus, Father Connolly has served as an Associate Pastor at several parishes. Presently, he is serving in his fourth pastorate as he began as Pastor of Saint Cecilia Church in Columbus in July 2009. He serves as a member of the Priests' Personnel Board, as an Associate Judge of the Tribunal of the Diocese of Columbus and a member of the Presbyteral Council.