MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dave Duchak formally announced his intent to run for the Miami County Sheriff on Thursday.
Duchak, a long-time resident of Miami County, began his law enforcement career as patrolman with the Covington Police Department in 1987.
In front of a small crowd of supporters, Duchak said he was grateful for all the encouragement he has received from Sheriff Charles Cox, his wife Linda who is serving as Duchak’s treasurer, as well as family, colleagues and friends.
“I came up through the ranks under Sheriff Cox. I learned a tremendous amount from him. When he announced his retirement he encouraged me, he has inspired me. We have a great department, we have a great staff and I’m ready to lead them into the future,” Duchak said.
Duchak, who graduated from the Butler Township Police Academy in 1986, said the challenges facing law enforcement include the heroin epidemic, updating the technology in the criminal justice field and jail overcrowding issues that have been recently addressed.
“There are a lot of challenges that I am going to be focusing on with the dedicated staff we have to continue to provide Miami County with the finest law enforcement services,” he said.
Duchak was hired by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office as a road deputy in 1990. He served in the detective division, was promoted to road patrol sergeant in 1998 and then to lieutenant in 2000. He was promoted to administrative captain in 2006 and transferred to road patrol captain in 2009. Sheriff Cox promoted Duchak to chief deputy in 2011 to present.
He is a member of the Domestic Violence Task Force, Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association, Miami County FOP Lodge No. 58, Sinclair Community College Criminal Justice Training Academy Advisory Board, Miami County Republican Men’s Club, Crisis Advisory Group and numerous other affiliations.
Duchak said he plans on submitting his petition to the board of elections next week. Retired Troy Police Department’s Captain Christopher Anderson announced his plans to run for sheriff in October.
Retired sheriff’s office Captain Steven Cooper formally submitted his intent to run for sheriff by press release on late Thursday afternoon. According to the board of elections, Cooper is the only person who has submitted a petition for the sheriff’s office at this time.
All three will be running as Republican candidates in the March primary. The deadline to file for the March Primary is Dec. 16.
According to the Ohio Revised Code, Duchak is considered an “at-will” or fiduciary employee. He is allowed to seek the sheriff’s office because he is not a classified employee and has the support of Sheriff Cox to run for his seat.
For questions or comments, Duchak can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach Melanie Yingst at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews