Dear Highland County Citizens:

Though I am eager to immediately convey my qualifications for Sheriff of Highland County, I would prefer to allow my background to speak for itself – with a proven portfolio of accomplishments to support my request for election to the Office of Sheriff.
Whether joining with county fire/EMS to aid accident victims, cooperating with law enforcement authorities to apprehend suspects, or collaborating with Judges and Prosecutors to hold suspects accountable for their actions, I am
confident that my achievements position me as the top candidate for the following three reasons:

(1) I Have a proven track record as a 20-Year law-enforcement veteran
as a career sheriff’s deputy – with numerous “Distinguished Service” and “Lifesaving” awards, as well as a recent “20 Years of Service Award” – who has been accountable as “Acting Sheriff” during the absence of both the Sheriff and Chief Deputy, and a guiding force as Lead Officer contributing to several high profile cases, I am both familiar with the requirements of leadership, and the decisive actions needed to successfully direct such operations with 49 full time personnel and 35 special Deputies. Most recently as Sergeant/Deputy Sheriff, I have safeguarded the well-being of 43,000 residents, scouring some 2,200 miles of roadway covering 553 square miles as a road Patrol Officer. In
addition, I have functioned as Officer in Charge of the Traffic Crash Division, overseeing crash reports distributed to state authorities, and developing the Traffic Crash Reporting System Training Program.

(2) I Have Attained Recognition for my performance backed by years of professional training over the course of my career, I have become a decorated law enforcement official and have distinguished myself as “Deputy of the Year”– among many other awards and contributions, having built up my credentials by serving as an Ohio Peace Officer Training Council Instructor, gaining expertise in field-sobriety testing and DUI enforcement, and as a Police Training Academy and Taser Instructor. I have also obtained more than 1,000 hours of law enforcement and management training since 1992.

(3) I am a respected community leader, ready to assume duties as Sheriff serving Highland County with a well-established reputation as a community spokesperson promoting a variety of safety initiatives, I have been involved in local victim witness, neighborhood crime watch, and DARE officer programs as a trainer, advisor, and educator. In recognition of my community leadership efforts, I have been recently honored with the “Ohio Distinguished Law Enforcement Community Service.” A sampling of my accomplishments include:

Helped break such cases as the Flat Run Road murder, resulting in conviction of suspect.
Organized and trained 40+ officers during multiple sessions of Driving and Firearm Simulator training.
Manage High Visibility Traffic Grant as Project Coordinator, responsible for $27,000 annual budget for Driver Safety Program.

Thank you for considering my qualifications and credentials as the next Sheriff of Highland County. I look forward to continuing to serve.

Donald E. Barrera