Mayor Richard L. “Ike” Stage announced the appointment of Richard S. Fambro as the chief of the Grove City Division of Police, effective Sept. 12.

Fambro brings significant experience and success as a 32-year veteran of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, retiring this year as colonel and superintendent of the organization’s more than 2,200 public safety associates.

“We are truly fortunate and pleased to welcome Colonel Fambro as he joins our extremely dedicated and organized team of law enforcement professionals,” said Mayor Stage.

Fambro enjoys a history of successes in the areas of strategic operational planning, policies and development procedures, crisis management operations and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

“I am truly grateful and appreciative of Mayor Stage’s confidence in me to lead the dedicated women and men of the Grove City Division of Police,” said Fambro. “My first objective is to learn from the Police Division’s sworn and professional staff, as well as interacting with and working on behalf of the community.”

“Colonel Fambro is a highly respected leader who has positively influenced law enforcement policies and practices across the state,” said Safety Director and Interim Chief Kevin Teaford. “His experience and character make him an outstanding choice to serve as our next chief of police.  The police division and our community are fortunate to have such a leader at the head of our internationally accredited police team.”

Fambro replaces former Chief Richard A. Butsko, Jr., who retired in March.