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Who is David Thoroughman?

Welcome to the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office webpage. Whether you are a local citizen, visitor or you’re just surfing the internet, we hope our site will be both informative and enjoyable. I welcome the opportunity to share with you information about our outstanding law enforcement office. Because I believe my employees are the Sheriff’s office's most valuable asset, I am excited to work side by side with a group of professional men and women who are committed to serving the citizens of Scioto County. It is our mission to provide courteous professional service with respect for all.


As part of our commitment, we are proud to provide you with an additional resource; our very own Facebook Page. This page will serve as a communication method to get you the latest information regarding what’s happening in our community. Anytime there is pressing information, we will provide it on our Facebook Page. I encourage you to go "LIKE" our Facebook Page to stay informed and up to date about what’s happening within Scioto County


Thank you for the opportunity you have entrusted in me to serve my community.


God Bless You and Have a Great Day

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My Vision

My Vision is to work for excellence through education, training and empowering our employees to provide the highest professional services to the citizens of Scioto County.

My Experience

I am a life-long resident of Scioto County, minus my military service and the time my family lived in Manchester, Ohio.  This was during my first and second grades, when my father worked at the power station near Aberdeen, Ohio. 


I am a 1982 graduate of Portsmouth High School.  Afterwards, I attended Shawnee State Community College for one year prior to joining the United States Air Force.  During my military service I worked as a security police officer.


After serving in the military, I worked at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility as a correctional officer, prior to having the great honor of working at the Portsmouth Police Department.


While at the Portsmouth Police Department, I worked my way through the ranks from patrolman, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. Additionally, I served as the acting chief of police. During my service with Portsmouth, I served on the local drug task force as a patrolman and as a sergeant. 


After retiring from the Portsmouth Police Department, I then had the pleasure of working at Shawnee State University.  While at Shawnee State University, I transitioned the security department into the Department of Public Safety, a hybrid of both police and security officers.  


During my 33 years in law enforcement, I have been trained as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), certified as a volunteer firefighter, and received my bachelor’s degree from Shawnee State University.  

My Goals

The Goals For My First Term Are:

  1. I will enhance school safety.

  2. Consolidate services (saving tax dollars) by establishing a centralized 9-1-1 Dispatch Center.

  3. Re-establish the local drug task force to work jointly with the federal drug task force that is
    housed locally.


  4. Re-establish the K-9 Program

  5. Enhance our partnerships with all local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

  6. Add additional “Road Deputies” to enhance safety and reduce response times.

  7. Leverage new and improving technologies, making it easier for our residents to engage with their Sheriff’s Office.

  8. Build trust and community partnerships with the people whom we serve, specifically hosting community roundtables to receive input and hear the needs of citizens of our county.

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