Sheriff Dave Duchak announces that Lieutenant Tom Wheeler has been promoted to division road patrol captain and Sergeant Todd Tennant has been promoted to road patrol shift lieutenant.
Captain Wheeler, who is a life-long resident of Miami County, started his career with the Sheriff’s Office as a correction officer in 1993. He was later hired as a deputy assigned to patrol and then transferred to the detective division where he served as a general assignment detective. Captain Wheeler was promoted to road patrol shift sergeant in 2002 and later promoted to road patrol shift lieutenant in 2004. Captain Wheeler has also served as Special Response Team commander for a number of years and is also certified as a firearms and Taser instructor. Captain Wheeler has attended numerous law enforcement trainings and schools throughout his career. Captain Wheeler’s new duties will be in overseeing all operations of the road patrol division to include training. He has also been recently tasked as the project manager to oversee the Sheriff’s Office transition to Lexipol for all policy and procedure management/development along with daily training briefs. The Sheriff’s Office is transitioning to Lexipol this year to reduce liability and better our risk management along with adding daily training briefs for deputies. This will be a large and encompassing project that I am confident will be successful under Captain Wheeler’s leadership.
Lieutenant Tennant , who is also a life-long resident of Miami County, started his career as a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office in 2007. In 2014 he was promoted to road patrol shift sergeant. He is also a member of the Special Response Team and is also one of our crash reconstructionists having completed numerous certifications and schoolings. Through his duties as a crash reconstructionist and a member of the special response team he is called upon at all times of the day, night, and week to respond to fatal crashes and with the Special Response Team to dangerous situations usually involving individuals with guns. Lieutenant Tennant will be in charge of a road patrol shift. He will manage and oversee operations on his shift to include assisting with providing training for members of his shift along with community outreach. Lt. Tennant also represents the Sheriff’s Office on the Miami County F.O.P. Honor Guard.