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 DeceSIMPSON_M_007mber, 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 33rd 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 a Past President of the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association and is a member of the National Sheriffs’ 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 his 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 theSPITLER_M_004 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 Dean Miller

Major Miller began his career with the Preble County Sheriff’s Office in May 1995 as a Special Deputy, after graduating the Miami Township Police Academy in that same year.

He served as a Special Deputy until he was assigned to the Road Patrol as a Part-time Deputy Sheriff in September of 1997. Major Miller was later assigned to the Road Patrol as a full-time Deputy Sheriff in March of 1998. After serving in that capacity for five years, Major Miller was assigned to the Detective Division under the administration of Sheriff Thomas Hayes. Major Miller served as Detective for the next six years and was reassigned to the Road Patrol, after the Sheriff’s Office under went significant budget cuts. Major Miller was then promoted to Captain on March 16, 2010. As Captain he was responsible for overseeing the operations of the Road Patrol. Major Miller returned to the Detectives Division until December of 2018 when he was promoted to Major.

Major Miller now oversees the operations of the Preble County Jail.

Major Miller has been involved in many major investigations during his tenure as Detective including homicide, narcotics, robbery, sex crimes, child abuse, identity thefts, any many other felony offenses.

During Major Miller’s career, he has attended many specialized training courses’ that include the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab Evidence Technician, Clandestine Lab Investigators, Interview and Interrogation, Hostage Negotiations and Crisis Intervention, and many other courses and certifications offered through the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy. He has also completed courses in the management of Criminal Investigations.

Major Miller has served on the Sheriff’s Office Dive & Recovery Team as ground support, and the Clandestine Lab Team, and is currently one of two of the office’s Crisis and Hostage Negotiator’s.

Major Miller is currently an active member of the local FOP Lodge and has served as past president.

Major Miller resides in the Eaton area with his wife Brenda, and is the father of three children, Cody, Brandon, and Brittany.


Major Brad Moore

Major Moore is a 1995 National Trail High School and a 2002 graduate of the Sinclair Community College Basic Peace Officer Academy. After grMOORE_B_101aduating from the Peace Officer Academy in 2002, Major 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. Moore currently commands the Communications Division of the Sheriff’s Office, where he is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Communications / 9-1-1 Center.

Major 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. Major Moore was a Deputy Sheriff assigned to the Road Patrol division for 10 years.  During Major 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.

Major Moore received the Preble County Sheriff’s Office “Outstanding Employee Award” in 2007 and 2014 for the Road Patrol/Investigations Division.

Major 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.

Major Moore resides in the city of Eaton with his wife, Melinda and their two children, Harper and Raegan.