Sheriff Joe Myers was elected on November 4, 2008, to the office of Harrison County Sheriff. His term commenced on January 5, 2009. He is a life resident of Harrison County and has years of experience in the public safety, operations, administration, and transportation fields. He is a 2006 graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA.
Prior to his election as Sheriff, Joe served as Captain of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office under Sheriff Mark J. Miller and worked part-time with Sheriff Richard Rensi in previous years. These positions and others he has held have offered him the opportunity to develop as a leader and administrator. Joe is a veteran law enforcement officer with expertise in leadership, communication, and administration, including a reputation for a strong work ethic and commitment to public service. He has additional proficiency in professional operations, requisition, and problem solving.
Joe is a dedicated volunteer with an interest in community development and growth. He is an active member and past Chief of the Scio Volunteer Fire Department, a member and past president of the Scio Dining Fork Ruritan Club, a member and past officer of the Scio Civic Club, and a member and past officer of the Scio American Legion Post 482 S.A.L. His other memberships include the Ohio Farm Bureau, Masonic Lodge #219, Steubenville Scottish Rite.Fraternal Order of Police Chapter 97. Joe currently chairs the Scio Dining Fork Ruritan Scholar Awards banquet which annually recognizes high school scholars from the Harrison Hills City School District.
Upon completion of the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, Lieutenant Mark Touville was hired as a road deputy at the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office in 1995 under Sheriff Richard Rensi. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1997 by Sheriff Mark Miller and then again to Lieutenant in 1999. He currently serves as an adminstrative Lieutenant for Sheriff Ronald J. Myers. Mark has earned two medals of accomodations for being twice Deputy of the Year since joining the Sheriff's office.
Lieutenant Touville is a sex abuse task force investigator, serves on the child fatality review board, domestic violence task force coordinator/investigator, and a firearms/taser instructor. He has received special training in clandestine laboratory investgation and safety at the DEA Academy in Quantico, Virginia, along with multiple drug related certifications, sexual assault investigation, the Reid Techniques of interviewing and interrogation, and child abuse investigation. He served as a drug investigator for Southeastern Narcotics Task Force from 1997 to 2001.In addition to the aforementioned trainings Lt Touville has received numerous other certifications that enhances his abililty to serve the citizens of Harrison County on a much broader spectrum.
Lieutenant Touville is a life-long resident of the Harrison County area. He graduated from Buckeye Local High School in 1992. Lieutenant Touville is an avid outdoorsman and is a member of the Pine Valley Sportsman Club. Lieutenant Touville is actively involved in youth sports and served as President and coach of the Adena Baseball League for nine years and coached for the Cadiz Biddy Football League. He is devoted christian and is a member of the Harbor of Hope Church.
The Administrative Office and Civil Office are under the supervision of Sheriff Ronald J. Myers and the following staff. The Administrative Office has four employees, which consist of 5 Administrative Assistants Lt. Mark Touville, Detective Sergeant Robert Toker, Jail Commander Sean Stillwagon and Fiscal Officers Peggy Horn and Brandi Simmons. This Division provides the administrative support that is necessary to carry out the organizational mission and goals of the Sheriff's Office. Employees assigned to this division work closely with members of every other division. Responsibilities include recruitment selections, in-service training, grant writing, technical writing, research, project development and planning, payroll, purchasing, labor management and maintaining computer systems.
The Harrison County Sheriff's Office has taken the initiative to actively seek grants and funding from numerous and varied sources. The following grants were in effect in 2009.
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT
In 2009, the Harrison County Sheriff's Office applied for a Grant through the Ohio Department of Criminal Justice Services to further investigate incidents of domestic violence. The grant was approved and deputies were trained and assigned to this position. The deputies collaborate with prosecutors, victim services, court personnel, probation, judicial, parole officers, social services personnel, children services and adult protective in this assignment. The grant was awarded for $41,622. On March 1st, 2011 The Harrison County Sheriff's Office has received correspondence from the Ohio Department of Public Safety extending the V.A.W.A. (Violence Against Women Act) grant. The Ohio Department of Public Safety had awarded grant money to the Sheriff's Office in the amount of $38,441.00 to continue the Domestic Violence Task Force.
Governor Highway Safety Grant /Ohio Traffic Safety Office
In 2009, the Harrison County Sheriff's Office applied for and received a grant for $42,132 through the Ohio Department of Public Safety for funding to provide extra patrol for Traffic enforcement. This grant as approved and the Enforcement Program was scheduled into nineteen (19) blitz periods.
Staffing for the Office
6 Full Time Dispatchers
4 Part Time Dispatchers
4 Full Time Correction Officers
20 Auxiliary / Special Deputies
2 Fiscal Officer
Total Staff 56