Director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety
Tom Stickrath was previously at the Attorney General’s Office as Superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), overseeing the state crime lab and a team of law enforcement professionals.
Stickrath has more than 30 years of experience in the criminal justice field. He began his career in 1978 with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) where he served as Warden at the Orient Correctional Institution, Regional Director of the DRC, and Assistant Director. In 2005, Governor Bob Taft appointed him the Director of the Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS). Under his leadership, the department achieved national accreditation for all of its programs, earning DYS the American Correctional Association’s distinguished Eagle Award. In May of 2010, Governor Ted Strickland appointed Stickrath as Director of the Department of Public Safety, where he oversaw the State Highway Patrol, Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Homeland Security.
Throughout his career, Stickrath has served in various organizations including the Ohio’s Homeland Security Advisory Council, ACA Commission on Accreditation, Council of State Governments Justice Center and Franklin University. Additionally, he has served extensively as a consultant on criminal justice issues to various organizations and state governments.
Stickrath received both his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and his Juris Doctorate from the Ohio State University.