(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Governor DeWine issued the following statement regarding the death of former Pickaway County Sheriff Dwight Radcliff:
"Former Pickaway County Sheriff Dwight Radcliff has been my friend for four decades. I first met him when I was running for Congress in 1982. We hit it off because of my background as a county prosecutor. Even then Dwight was a legend in law enforcement!
"He combined his skills as a people person with the drive and skills of an experienced lawman. That combination served the people of Pickaway County and the people of Ohio for 48 years. After he left the Sheriff’s office when I was Attorney General, I asked him to be my liaison with law enforcement around the state. His people skills and law enforcement savvy served us so very well.
"He was both a great judge of character and an old-fashioned law enforcement officer, who combined his law enforcement savvy and experience with respect and compassion for people. Simply put, he just knew how to treat people.
"Fran and I have lost a dear friend. His beloved wife Betty has been his partner and by his side for his entire law enforcement career -- and she also served the people of Pickaway County so very well. Our hearts go out to Betty; their children Vicky, Dwight, and Sheriff Robert Radcliff; and their families."