The administration of the Preble County Sheriff’s office is commanded by Chief Deputy Mike Spitler, who reports directly to Sheriff Simpson. Under Chief Spitler, several command officers carry out the administrative functions of the Sheriff’s Office.
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Sheriff Michael Simpson
Sheriff Simpson began his career with the Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Officer/Dispatcher in July, 1988. He served in that capacity until December, 1990 when he was promoted to Deputy Sheriff assigned to road patrol. In January, 1998, he was promoted to the rank of Captain by Sheriff Hayes, serving as a road patrol supervisor. On July 5, 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Chief Deputy, serving as second in command under Sheriff Hayes.
On December 3, 2003, he was appointed Sheriff of Preble County after the unexpected death of Sheriff Thomas Hayes. Sheriff Simpson was elected to his first full term as Sheriff in November, 2004. Sheriff Simpson is currently in his 28th year of service with this office.
Sheriff Simpson has attended numerous law enforcement training classes throughout his career, including the Evidence Technician Course at the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab, Technical Crash Investigations at the Ohio Highway Patrol Academy, and several management courses offered through the Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Academy.
Sheriff Simpson is a graduate of the 141st Class of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command in 2000, and the 217th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2004, and the National Sheriff’s Institute in Longmont, Colorado in 2005. Simpson has maintained his Certified Law Enforcement Manager’s certificate from the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association since 2004. He is also an active member of the Floyd E. Spitler Lodge of the F.O.P., and a Rotarian with the Eaton Rotary Club. Sheriff Simpson is currently the second vice president of the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association. He also serves on several volunteer boards throughout the county.
Sheriff Simpson is a 1985 graduate of Eaton High School and the Montgomery County Joint Vocational School’s Law Enforcement Program. He lives near Camden with wife Dawna and daughter McKenna.
Chief Deputy Mike Spitler
Michael Spitler graduated from Twin Valley South High School in West Alexandria, Ohio in 1991. He attended the University of Akron and graduated with the Highest Distinction in his class with an Associates of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology in 1993. Spitler was initiated into the University of Akron Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society in 1992.
Chief Deputy Spitler began his career with the Preble County Sheriff’s Office in August of 1993 as one of the department’s new dispatchers hired along with the implementation of 911 in Preble County. Spitler later transferred into the Corrections division and was later promoted to Sergeant on the jail division. Spitler attended the Montgomery County Basic Correctional Academy in 1994 and received the level III Corrections Training Program certification through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council. From September 1993 until May 1994 Spitler attended the Montgomery County Joint Vocational School Police Academy and received his Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Certificate. Upon graduation from the academy Spitler received an award for academics and the peer award for professionalism.
Spitler was a member of the Preble County Special Deputies organization until April of 1996 when he was promoted to the road division as a full time road deputy. Spitler later transferred to the Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division and later transferred back to the patrol division. In February of 2004 Spitler was promoted to the rank of Captain, and in April 2010 he was promoted to the position of Chief Deputy.
Chief Deputy Spitler has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Unit and the Sheriff’s Office dive Recovery Team. Spitler is also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Floyd E. Spitler Lodge #158.
Spitler has attended numerous advanced trainings throughout his career including certification through the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory as an Evidence Technician, Advanced Homicide Investigation, Reid School of Interview and Interrogation and he has recently graduated the School of Police Staff and Command through Northwestern University in March 2006.
Major Joe Renner
Major Renner began his career with the Preble County Sheriff’s Office in August of 1981 as a dispatcher / jailer. In 1985 he was promoted to road patrol, where he remained until his promotion to Captain in January of 2005. He was then promoted to the rank of Major on September 1, 2011.
On August 1, 2106 Major Renner was appointed to the position of Dispatch Supervisor / 9-1-1 Coordinator. This position is responsible for the day to day operations of the county dispatch center and keeping all 9-1-1 and related equipment and software up to date and operational. Prior to his assignment as dispatch supervisor, Major Renner served as the Jail Administrator.
While a patrol deputy, Major Renner served as a team leader on the Emergency Services Unit, and as ground support on the Dive Recovery Team.
Prior to his appointment as a patrol deputy, Major Renner worked for the Gratis Police Department as both a patrolman and Chief of Police. Major Renner also worked for both the Camden and Lewisburg Police Departments as a patrolman, and also served a short stint as acting Chief of Police for the Village of Camden.
Major Renner has also been an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police, serving in several capacities, including local lodge president and secretary / treasurer.
A 1981 graduate of Eaton High School and the Montgomery County Joint Vocational School’s Law Enforcement Program, and a 2007 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. Major Renner serves as a member of Eaton City Council and is a former member of the Eaton Community Schools Board of Education.
Major Robert D. Schneider
Major Schneider began his career with the Preble County Sheriff’s Office in June of 2002 and since then, has worked in every division of the Sheriff’s Office, including communications, corrections and road patrol. Major Schneider was a Deputy Sheriff assigned to road patrol for 8 years. During his time as a road patrol Deputy he became one of the agency’s technical crash investigators, a field training officer, and an evidence technician. Major Schneider spent three years of his career as a Deputy Sheriff assigned to the investigations section. During his time as a Detective he investigated several major felony crimes including homicides, cold cases, and major drug cases. During this time Major Schneider also acquired training to be a certified voice stress analyst, attended the Reid School of Interview and Technique, and became certified by the DEA to clean up clandestine methamphetamine laboratories. Major Schneider was promoted to the rank of Captain in July of 2015 to supervise the road patrol division. On August 1st, 2016, Major Schneider was appointed to the position of Jail Administrator. In that capacity, he is responsible for the day to day operations of the jail, as well as the security detail at the Preble County Courthouse.
Major Schneider received the agency’s “Outstanding Employee Award” in 2012 for the Road Patrol/Investigations division, and the Optimist “Officer of the Year” award in both 2011 and 2012.
Major Schneider is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Floyd E. Spitler Lodge #158 where he previously served as lodge Vice President and President
Major Schneider is a 1999 graduate of Preble Shawnee High School and a 2002 graduate of the Butler Tech Basic Peace Officer Academy. He resides in Gratis Township with his wife, Gina, and their two children, Jadyn and Brody.
Captain Brad R. Moore
Captain Moore is a 1995 National Trail High School and a 2002 graduate of the Sinclair Community College Basic Peace Officer Academy. After graduating from the Peace Officer Academy in 2002, Captain Moore worked for the West Alexandria Police Department as a part-time patrol officer. In March of 2003, he became a full-time officer with the New Paris Police Department.
Captain Moore began his career with the Preble County Sheriff’s Office in October of 2003 and has worked as a Corrections Officer and a Deputy Sheriff. Captain Moore was a Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Road Patrol division for 10 years. During Captain Moore’s time as a Road Patrol Deputy, he became a Field Training Officer, Taser Instructor, Less Lethal Munitions Instructor, OC Instructor and Detraction Devices Instructor, as well as one of the departments Property Room custodians.
Captain Moore received the Preble County Sheriff’s Office “Outstanding Employee Award” in 2007 and 2014 for the Road Patrol/Investigations Division.
Captain Moore was elected to Eaton City Council in November of 2013. He currently serves as the President of the Floyd E. Spitler Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #158, he has served in this capacity since 2009.
Captain Moore resides in the city of Eaton with his wife, Melinda and their two children, Harper and Raegan.