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Richard L. Zwayer II
Executive Director, Ohio Homeland Security
On July 28, 2015, Ohio State Highway Patrol Captain Richard L. Zwayer II, was named Executive Director of Ohio Homeland Security, a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Zwayer had previously served as Acting Director of Ohio Homeland Security since May 19, 2015. He graduated from the Fusion Center Leadership Program at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA, in 2014, and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute-Administrative Officer’s Course at the University of Louisville.
Zwayer joined the Patrol in January 1993 and moved through the ranks of the Patrol, serving at various posts and positions, including Assistant Academy Commandant, Post Commander and Spokesperson. He was selected Post Trooper of the Year twice during his career.
During his distinguished career highlighted by operational and managerial successes, he served on the Patrol’s Special Response Team, earned recognition for saving the life of a heart attack victim who had crashed his vehicle on Interstate 270 in Franklin County, directed the three-county Marysville Post to a 46 percent traffic fatality reduction while serving as post commander, and was responsible for oversight of the training and graduation of three of the largest cadet classes in the Patrol’s history.
A native of Hilliard, Ohio, Executive Director Zwayer graduated from Hilliard High School in 1988, studied Natural Resources at Hocking College and now resides in Union County, Ohio with his wife and children.