Martin named Delaware County Sheriff
City of Delaware Police Chief Russell L. Martin has been appointed by the Delaware County Republican Central Committee to fill the office of Delaware County Sheriff. Committee members also selected Martin to represent the Republican Party as a candidate for the office in the November general election.
Chief Martin plans to transition from the city police department to the county Sheriff’s Office by the end of the month. Scott C. Vance has been serving as Acting Sheriff since April 9, 2012.
Martin, 54, brings extensive law enforcement experience, education and established relationships to the office of Delaware County Sheriff. He is serving in his 31st year of law enforcement, all of it with the Delaware department, including the last eight years as Chief. Martin oversaw a nearly 60-person department, including 51 sworn officers, and an annual budget of nearly $7 million.
Martin started his law enforcement career in 1981 as a patrol officer, followed by promotion to Sergeant, and time in the Detective Division. Last year, Martin was selected by his peers in law enforcement to serve as President of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, an organization committed to advancing best practices in law enforcement and developing law enforcement managers to best serve their communities.
“I’m humbled and honored to serve the citizens of Delaware County as their Sheriff,” Martin said. “I have worked closely throughout my career with many members of the Sheriff’s Office and consider it a privilege to bring my experience, training and skills to this new opportunity. My faith has guided me throughout my life, and I will work to restore the integrity, stewardship and humility to the office of Delaware County Sheriff.”