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Lake County, Ohio - Sheriff's Office

About The Sheriff

    Sheriff Daniel A. DunlapSheriff Daniel A. Dunlap
    Lake County, Ohio

    Lake County's 30th Sheriff began his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff at the Lake County Sheriff's Office on May 13, 1973.  Twenty years later he was elected as Sheriff  in JanuarySheriff Daniel A. Dunlap 1993.  Currently in his sixth term of Office he brings to Lake County over 40 years of experience in law enforcement.

    Sheriff Dunlap is a life-long resident of Lake County; he and his wife Dorothy, reside in a Century home in Concord Township, Ohio.  They have three children; Lisa, Justin and Douglas; as well as one grandson and two granddaughters.

    Professional Experience

    • FBI Academy Graduate Associate  156th Session
    • Developed, organized and initiated the Central Communications/Dispatch in Kirtland, Ohio  
    • SWAT Team - member of first team organized in Lake County in the 1970's
    • 1st Certified Sheriff in Ohio for Drug and Alcohol Treatment
    • Special Investigator - Lake County Prosecutor's Office
    • Instructor at the Ohio Sheriff's Administrative Training School
    • Instructor at the Basic Police Academy at Lakeland Community College
    • Lieutenant - Road Patrol Commander / Executive Lieutenant
    • Sergeant - Shift Supervisor
    • Deputy Sheriff
    • Attended Kent State University and S.U.N.Y. - Fredonia, and the University of Virginia

    Awards and Recognitions

    Lake County Bar Association Liberty Bell Award
    Awarded each year on Law Day to recognize a Lake County Citizen for promoting the principles of the United States Constitution Awarded each year on Law Day to recognize a Lake County Citizen for promoting principles of the United States Constitution

    Lake County Blue Coats Award
    Only Lake County Law Enforcement Officer to be twice honored by the Lake County Blue Coats as the outstanding officer in the County for excellence in service

    Deputy of the Year Award
    Awarded by his peers in 1991 as the outstanding Deputy of the Year

    Painesville Township Schools Distinguished Service Award

    Citizen of the Year for Concord Township 2001

    Associations and Memberships


    • Member of the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association
    • Member of the National Sheriff's Association
    • Member of the  Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 16
    • Member of the National Sheriff's Association
    • Member of the American Jail Association
    • Member of the American Corrections Association
    • Member of the Lake County  Court House Security Committee
    • Associate member of the FBI National Academy
    • Served on the Governor's Appointment to the Ohio Community Corrections Board
    • Lakeland Community College Law Enforcement Advisory Board
    • Past Co-Chairman of the Ohio Radio Interoperability Committee
    • Past Co-Chairperson of the Lake County United Way County Division
    • Served as  Co-Chairperson of the Lake County Mental Health Levy twice
    • Advisory member on the Lake County Narcotics Board