The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and the Delaware Area Career Center will be splitting the costs of hiring the London police chief as an instructor later this year.
David Wiseman, 48, chief of the London Police Department in Madison County, has been hired to lead the DACC’s police training academy.
Wiseman said he has served as an adjunct instructor at the DACC’s police training academy for many years and, when he heard that Ron Poulton, a former Delaware police chief, was retiring at the end of the 2014-15 school year, he said he was interested in the position.
“I like the facilities and people at the DACC,” Wiseman said. “I’m excited about a new challenge and excited to help the sheriff’s office.”
Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin said this is a great opportunity for the county and the career center, and added that Wiseman is a “perfect fit.”
“He comes to us with a wealth of experience, management and leadership,” Martin said.
Martin said the sheriff’s office had been planning on adding to the training division when it was approached by Mary Beth Freeman, superintendent of the DACC, about partnering to get a full-time instructor on staff for both organizations to use.
Martin said Wiseman had served the Ohio Police Officer Training Commission for two years before he interviewed for the job.
Martin reported the DACC was willing to offset the costs of hiring Wiseman by paying half of his $76,000 annual salary.
Another advantage to gaining Wiseman, according to Martin, is his expertise will easily allow the sheriff’s office to keep up with new training standards for police officers being discussed at the state level.
Wiseman has been a London police officer for 26 years. He will reportedly stay on as police chief until a replacement is found.
Wiseman said his police chief salary is about $69,000 annually.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG. Andrea McKinney contributed to this story.