Groveport Municipal
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655 Blacklick Street
Groveport, Ohio 43125

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History

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Policing in Groveport began with the village's incorporation in 1847 when the newly formed village council appointed William James as the first marshal. Reflecting the roughness of a canal era town, the village soon passed ordinances making it unlawful to race horses, fight, brawl, quarrel, shoot guns, or otherwise disturb the peace in the village. They also built a calaboose (jail) which included a fenced in lot; where the marshal could keep any swine that he found running loose.

Early marshals were either elected or appointed to serve one or two year terms; during times of increased needs deputy marshals were appointed to assist the marshal. Many of the early marshals also served as lamp lighters and turners for the bridge over the Ohio and Erie Canal on Main Street. Marshals continued to serve Groveport in either a full or part time basis until the mid-1960's when growth in the area and at the near by Lockbourne Air Force Base led to concerns about traffic and crime in Groveport.

In 1966, Groveport abandoned its marshal system, hired Al Whipple as the village's first chief of police, hired two full time police officers, and created an auxiliary police unit. The police department continued to grow and by 1969 consisted of six full time, ten auxiliary officers, and a staff of three full-time radio dispatchers. The unit served the Village and all of Madison Township until 1972 when Madison Township formed its own police department and dispatching center.

The Groveport Police Department remained about the same size for several years, consisting of six or seven full time officers with a number of reserve officers to supplement coverage. Then in the early 1980's the sleepy village of about 2500 people experienced a dynamic growth spurt that continues today. The village annexed land and formed several large industrial complexes as well as new residential housing. Thanks to a supportive community and council, the police department was able to grow and today is a modern full service police department.

1935_marshal_schlosser-1 Descriptions can be displayed here...

 


 

The Groveport Police Department is currently working to collect pictures and other memorabilia from our past for display. If anyone has any items they would care to contribute, please contact us at 614 830-2060.

 

Marshals and Chiefs of Police for the City of Groveport

Wm. James 1847 - 1848 W. E. Thompson 1892 - 1895
Lemuel Sarber 1849 R. R. Paxton 1896 - 1897
James Turner 1850 W. E. Thompson 1898
Benjamin Calhoun 1851 R. R. Paxton 1899
Lemuel Sarber 1852 John A. Kyle 1900 - 1901
O.F. Connell 1853 Albert Sandy 1901 - 1902
Jacob Stimmel 1854 George Bobst 1902
Wm. Watson 1855 - 1856 J. W. Glick 1902 - 1905
Jacob Stimmel 1857 William Carr 1905 - 1906
James Turner 1858 - 1859 H. E. Ferrell 1906 - 1907
Lemuel Sarber 1860 Edison Morehart 1907 - 1913
Joseph Cherry 1861 Jasper Lowery 1913 - 1916
G.P. Champe 1862 - 1863 Charles Eccard 1916 - 1917
Lemuel Sarber 1865 George Bobst 1917 - 1918
John A. Kyle 1866 J. W. Glick 1918 - 1925
Lemuel Sarber 1867 Lawerence Cox 1926 - 1927
Joseph Lytle 1868 Charles Yors 1928 - 1929
H. O'Harra  1869 Albert Schlosser 1930 - 1935
G. W. Bowland 1869 - 1870 W. Elder Thompson 1936 - 1939
F. M. Groom 1871 Harry Palm 1939
L. Shirily 1871 - 1872 Albert Schlosser 1940 - 1942
A. McCoy 1872 - 1874 Russel McKinney 1942 - 1946
G. Dildine 1874 - 1876 W. R. Spence 1946 - 1948
A. Sandy 1876 Paul Raver 1949 - 1951
J. Wallace 1876 - 1877 Roy Compton 1952 - 1954
J. W. Glick 1878 - 1879 Jessie Cox 1954 - 1956
T. H. Carder 1879 Ralph Hoppes 1957 - 1959
Elijah Cassidy 1879 - 1880 John Leadman 1959 - 1961
Willam M. Sharp 1880 - 1881 John Hout Sr. 1961
Jerry Glick 1881 - 1882 Paul W. Thompson 1961 - 1963
Joseph W. Glick 1882 - 1886 Walter H. Thompson 1963 - 1965
J. D. Weekley 1886 - 1887 Larry Helber 1965
Issac Mussleman 1887 Philip Debus 1965 - 1966
J. D. Weekley 1887 Albert E. Whipple 1966 - 1981
John Cramer 1888 - 1889 Roger Adams 1981 - 2002
John Kyle 1890 - 1891 Timothy Carney 2002 - 2003
    Bary Murphy 2003 - 2006
    Gary B. York 2006 - 2009
    Ralph J. Portier 2009 - PRESENT