David Wiseman, chief of the London Police Department in Madison County, announced last week that he is resigning — after 26 years with the department — to work for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.
He has accepted a position with Sheriff’s Office to lead the Delaware Area Career Center’s police training academy — a joint venture between the sheriff’s office and career center.
Previously, Wiseman has served as an adjunct instructor at the academy, as well as at other academies.
“I’m excited, but nervous for the change,” said Wiseman, 48. “I’ve been doing the same thing for so many years in the community.”
Wiseman is expected to continue in his current position until a replacement is found. Officials do not intend to name an interim chief.
Wiseman, who was born and raised just a couple of miles outside London city limits, began his tenure with London police in 1989 as an officer. He was promoted to sergeant in 1991 and to chief in 2009.
He graduated from Madison-Plains High School in 1985.
Wiseman began working in public safety as a high schooler when he started volunteering at the Central Townships Joint Fire District.
“I was attracted by the idea of giving back to the community,” he said.
Wiseman has served for the past two years on the Ohio Police Officer Training Commission — a position from which he has also recently resigned.
He said his greatest professional achievement is graduating from the FBI’s National Academy in 2009. Other achievements include working on cases with other local law enforcement agencies — especially the sheriff’s office — and creating the Madison County Major Crimes Unit.
“We made a dent into our drugs and other criminal activities,” he said.
Wiseman plans to continue living in London while working in Delaware County.
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