PIQUA — Veteran law-enforcement officer Paul Reece has announced that he is running for Miami County Sheriff.
“Protecting and defending the citizens of Miami County is the primary duty of the sheriff’s office, and as your next sheriff, I would base decisions on that standard. Among other things, I would focus on illegal narcotics because they’re here, human trafficking because it’s on the rise, and terrorism because it’s a reality that we cannot ignore,” Reece said in a news release. “I have a plan to address jail concerns, secure the courthouse, prioritize spending, and to review internal policies. Equally important is the need to create a positive work environment for the team and to establish effective communications with the public we serve.”
Reece has served as a sheriff’s deputy in Miami County, as well as in Montgomery County, for more than 25 years. Among his many assignments, Reece has served as a certified evidence technician, field-training officer, undercover agent, narcotics detective, and in SWAT/SRT units. He has also served as an instructor at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.
Commissioned by the president, Chief Warrant Officer Reece has 19 years of combined military law enforcement service in the Army and Air Force. As a technical expert, he provided valuable skills, guidance, and expertise to commanders and organizations. His areas of expertise include Anti-Terrorism, Counter Intelligence, Counter Surveillance, and Protective Services. He served in Cuba at Guantanamo Bay, in Afghanistan, and in various locations within the U.S., including the Pentagon. Between 2002 and 2014, Reece was mobilized six times in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
As a special agent with the Army Criminal Investigation Division Command, Reece provided personal protection for the top seven executive officers of the U.S. Department of Defense in the U.S. and overseas during high-risk missions. This protection also included international dignitaries visiting the United States.
Reece is currently serving in the U.S. Army Reserve as Commander of the 375th Criminal Investigation Division in Columbus.
Reece holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Bluffton University and plans to pursue his master’s degree in management and leadership from the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology.
Reece and his wife Denise reside in Piqua. They have raised six children and are enjoying their 10 grandchildren.
Reece joins Miami County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dave Duchak, Chris Anderson, retired cpatain for the Troy Police Department, and Steve Cooper, retired from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, in the race.