TROY — On Thursday, Chris Anderson, 52, a retired Troy Police Department captain, announced his candidacy for Miami County Sheriff in the March 2016 Republican primary election.
“First and foremost, I congratulate Sheriff Cox on his long career and his service to our county. I know he has had health problems over the past few years and I wish him well during his recovery,” Anderson said. “Unfortunately, during the sheriff’s fight for his health, his command team has proven to worry more about playing politics and not enough on the department’s morale, development or your safety.”
Born in Troy, Anderson is a 1981 graduate of Troy High School and attended Wright State University.
In September 1984, Anderson was hired by the Troy Police Department and sent to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, where he received his basic police training. After completing his field training program, Anderson was patrolling the streets as a patrolman until his promotion to the rank of sergeant in 1993. Prior to his promotion, he served as a field training officer, evidence technician and a member of the Emergency Response Team.
“During my career, I’ve patrolled the streets, investigated every possible crime, supervised every level of a law enforcement department, and finished my career as the detective captain at the Troy Police Department,” Anderson said. “I’m proud that I can say that I’ve earned every commendation and promotion I’ve ever received. When you work in a city law enforcement department, you have to test for promotions. I did that and with my test scores and my service record, I was honored to finish my 31-year career at Troy Police Department with the rank of captain.”
As sergeant, Anderson was the supervisor on shift and also the assistant team leader for the Emergency Response Team. It was during this time that he graduated from the Northwestern University Traffic Institute’s Staff and Command School along with the Police Executive Leadership College a few years later. In 1999, he moved into the administrative sergeant position, where he maintained the accreditation files and also became an assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Anderson also became the team leader for the Emergency Response Team during this time.
In 2004, Anderson was promoted to the rank of captain, where he took over supervision of the detectives and School Resource Officers. In this position, he was responsible for overseeing all major cases within the Troy Police Department along with being the liaison officer with the U.S. Secret Service for planning with all presidential campaign visits, the Federal Bureau of Investigations on all high profile cases within the city of Troy, and the U.S. Capital Police on visits involving the Speaker of House and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations. It was also during his time as a captain that he graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy in Quantico, Va.
During his career at the Troy Police Department, Chris was instrumental in starting the Be a Better Biker Camp and helped start and organize the Troy Classic bicycle race in downtown Troy.
He belongs to the West Central Ohio Football Officials Association, the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates and the National Rifle Association.
Chris resides in Monroe Township with his wife, Karen. The Andersons have three adult children and two grandchildren and they attend Victory Church in Tipp City.
“As your next sheriff, I promise to change the negative culture in the sheriff’s office and use my experience to bring new energy, new ideas and a new professionalism to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office,” Anderson said in a press release issued to media on Thursday. “I have an extensive career protecting citizens in Miami County. I’ve invested in my own training and the training of others. I’ve been associated with one of the top law enforcement accreditation organizations in the U.S. as a professional accessor. Over the past 10 years, I’ve managed in a law enforcement organization with over 40 law enforcement officers.
“I have a plan to bring the Miami County Sheriff’s office new energy, new ideas and a new professionalism. Things must change in the sheriff’s office and now is the time. I believe I have the experience and the plan to bring those needed changes,” Anderson said.
According to the Miami County Board of Elections, Anderson had not filed an official petition for candidacy as of Thursday.
More information about Anderson’s candidacy can be found on his website and Facebook page, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.