Governor DeWine names new OSP Superintendent
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced on Wednesday the appointment of a new superintendent for the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSP).
Lieutenant Colonel, Charles Jones will be promoted to the rank of Colonel and will replace OSP's outgoing Superintendent, Colonel Richard Fambro effective August 12, 2022.
"The appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Jones to superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol will further enhance the agency's exemplary public safety service for the citizens of Ohio. I am confident he has the experience and vision to ensure that Ohio's roads and communities remain safe for all Ohio families," DeWine said.
Lt. Col. Jones began his career in 1994 as a member of the 126th Academy Class earning his commission in July of that year and was assigned to the Marion Post where he earned the state proficiency award in auto larceny enforcement in 1998.
In 1999, Jones was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to the Delaware Post where he served as an assistant commander. He also served at the Patrol's Training Academy.
In 2004, Jones was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and remained at the training academy. He also served in the Office of Personnel, Columbus District Criminal Patrol Unit and the Marion Post.
In 2013, Jones was promoted to the rank of Staff Lieutenant and still remained at the training academy. He also served at the Bucyrus District Headquarters.
In 2018, Jones was promoted to the rank of captain and was transferred back to the training academy, and in 2019, he was promoted to the rank of major and served as commander in the Office of Training, Recruitment and Diversity.
In 2021, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Following this announcement, Lt. Col. Jones announced that he has selected Major Joshua Swindell to serve as a new assistant superintendent for OSP. Swindell will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and will serve alongside current assistant superintendent, Marla Gaskill.