Jack Hall is a 33 year veteran of law enforcement who recently served as a Chief of Police in Northeast Ohio and is currently commissioned as a Deputy Sheriff. Chief Hall has a vision to advance law enforcement practices in Lorain County and provide unparalleled services to all residents of the county. Jack is a graduate of the Ohio Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Foundation program for law enforcement leadership and has been awarded the distinction of Certified Law Enforcement Executive. Additionally, Jack is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in journalism and psychology from Bowling Green State University. Jack is also a proud member of the 100th graduating class of Marion L. Steele High School in Amherst.

Jack considers himself a practitioner of the U.S. Constitution when leading law enforcement initiatives and providing service to the community. Jack Hall feels that the equal application of the law is a fundamental right of all citizens and all citizens need a voice in the protection of their liberty interests as afforded them under the federal and state constitutions.

As the sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer in the county, Jack Hall believes the sheriff must provide the community they serve with professional, highly trained and well-educated law enforcement personnel. This commitment begins with the development and advancement of deputies, corrections officers, and support staff within the sheriff’s office to create a premier law enforcement agency. The commitment continues through the inclusion of the dedicated men and women of Lorain County’s 17 municipal, regional, state, and village police agencies in training, task force, and community service initiatives. The commitment is fulfilled with the inclusion of community members working directly with the sheriff’s administration, deputies, and local law enforcement to build a foundation of trust upon the goal of safer communities.

Jack also believes protection of our families, friends, and colleagues from dangerous violent criminals needs to be made a priority in Lorain County. We have witnessed great tragedies as members of our communities and police officers have died at the hands of failed policies and misappropriated resources. These practices allowed violent criminals to be unaccountable to their probation guidelines and warrants of violent offenders go un-served. Leaving dangerous criminal un-checked erodes at the foundation of our safe communities.

Over 30 Years of Law Enforcement Experience

Although experience matters, diversity in law enforcement experience matters most.

Sheffield Village Police


Jack began his aspirations in law enforcement by volunteering as an auxiliary police officer with the Sheffield Village Police Department in 1990 while he was attending college at Bowling Green State University. Soon after joining the agency, Jack attended the Sandusky police academy and became a reserve officer for the village after graduation. He was then hired as a regular part-time officer soon thereafter.

Jack conducted preventative criminal patrols of the Village of Sheffield and engaged in multi-jurisdictional investigations. He collaborated with officers from Lorain Police Department and other surrounding agencies to create the Youth/Gang Drug Unit to monitor and arrest juvenile and young adult offenders for drug and weapons-related crimes.

His criminal patrol instincts led to the traffic stop and arrest of individuals involved in a significant heroin smuggling operation based in Toledo – which involved the transportation of drugs and cash between Detroit and Cleveland.

Avon Lake Police


After serving the citizens of Sheffield Village, Jack Hall joined the Avon Lake Police Department in 1994 as a patrol officer. Jack engaged in community policing efforts within the community and established life-long relationships. The following year, Jack was selected by his peers within the agency as, “Police Officer of the Year” for his work ethic and law enforcement contributions to the department and the community.

Shortly after joining the department, Jack was promoted to the rank of sergeant and was assigned as the detective sergeant to oversee the investigations bureau of the agency. Jack and his investigators soon earned a reputation of solving complex crimes and taking on political corruption within the city. Additionally, his unit assisted in the development of multi-jurisdictional cases as members of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Anti-Terrorism Task Force as well as the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force. While a member of the Sheriff’s task force, Jack and his detectives were recognized by FBI Director Robert Mueller for their contributions to joint law enforcement operations.

Cleveland Metroparks Police


In 2007, Jack Hall joined the Cleveland Metroparks Police Department as the Captain of Special Operations. Known as the Ranger Department then, Jack had the pleasure of joining the leadership team of one of the region’s largest and most diverse law enforcement agencies with over 100 members which spanned six northeast Ohio counties.

Jack’s division had oversight of police administration and accreditation, laboratory services, jail, regional communications, and special operations units which included: detective bureau, traffic unit, K9 unit, mounted unit, watercraft enforcement team, dive team and natural resources unit.

Jack continued his push for excellence as his special operations units collaborated with other police agencies in the region to affect major arrests involving a criminal enterprise for theft, credit card fraud, tax evasion and illegal distribution of tobacco products. Jack’s investigators and regional partners were recognized in 2010 by the Ohio Attorney General as they were awarded the Distinguished Group Achievement Award for task force initiatives. (Read Award Case Summary Here)

In 2011, his special operations units teamed up with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement division to combat exploitation of children and young adults on-line. Jack’s investigators and customs agents created Operation Traverse which resulted in the arrests of several subjects who arranged for sex with underage girls – including a 49 year old German national who was a pediatrician and traveled to Cleveland with intent to engage in an illicit sex act. Jack and his teams were recognized again in 2011 by the Ohio Attorney General and awarded the Distinguished Group Achievement Award.

Westfield OFIC Police


In 2015, Jack pursued a unique opportunity with Westfield Insurance and Westfield Bank to lead their security patrol operations and establish the foundation to transform the security department to a law enforcement agency. With the assistance of a dedicated team of professionals, this concept became a reality and Jack became the first Chief of Police of the Westfield OFIC Police Department.

The agency had unique jurisdiction within all Westfield Bank branches in the State of Ohio as well as investigative responsibilities within Westfield Insurance service offices located in 23 states. The unique nature of locations spread across the nation created opportunities to employ technology solutions for visitor management, access control and video surveillance systems.

A Career of Teaching


Jack has served several years as a special topic instructor and certified Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy instructor – training countless students across the United States since 1993. He began his teaching career as an adjunct faculty member of the Lorain County Community College School of Police Science (1993-1994). Shortly thereafter, he was certified as an Ohio Peace Officer Academy instructor and later as an Instructional Skills Instructor – certifying other academy instructors for the State of Ohio. He has since taught basic police academy cadets at the Polaris Ranger Academy, Cuyahoga Community College Police Academy and he currently serves as an instructor with the Medina County Law Enforcement Training Academy at the Medina County Career Center.

Jack has also been a special topic instructor at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy, the West Virginia State Police Academy, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Academy and Northcoast Polytechnic Institute. Jack has presented on multiple occasions at the Ohio Tactical Officers Association annual training conference – the largest tactical training conference in the United States. He has also been a guest lecturer for the Ohio Attorney General’s Conference on Law Enforcement at the invitation of Attorney Generals Betty Montgomery, Jim Petro, Marc Dann and Richard Cordray and has lectured at the National Fusion Center Association Intelligence Conference in Washington, D.C.  Jack has also been approved to teach Continuing Legal Education courses certified by the Ohio Bar Association.

As a leading expert on technology and computer forensics, Jack and his wife Joy formed the company LEOTTA – the Law Enforcement Officer Technology Training Associates and instructed law enforcement officials at the local, state and federal levels all across the United States. Jack and a colleague were proud to secure the contract for teaching social media intelligence investigations to all officers of the New York City Probation Department – the second largest probation/parole agency in the country. Jack continues to consult on technology and intelligence issues to this day.

Family and Community


Joy and Jack Hall with Jack's parents: Kathy and Jack Hall

Family Roots in Law Enforcement

Jack and Joy have been married since 2011 and have four amazing young adults they are proud to call their children.  The Halls proudly reside in Columbia Station and their children still maintain their roots and ties in Lorain and Cuyahoga counties. This marriage has solidified a tradition of law enforcement service to the community as Jack and Joy have followed in the footsteps of generations of police officers who preceded them in their respective families. This tradition continues as one of the children serves as a police officer and their spouse is a federal agent. Another works as an electronic crimes investigator who is married to an amazing man we are proud to have with our family. While the others haven’t forgotten their work ethic, one of our children has a career as an electrician and the other works with a national insurance company.

Jack is very fortunate to have the love and support of his parents who still reside in Lorain County while Joy’s parents share their love and support from Florida.

Jack and Joy are very involved with their local community. Jack is a member of the Lagrange Lions Club and the Fraternal Order of Eagles – Aerie 431 in Elyria. Joy is a supporter of her church and a member of the church security team.

Jack maintains his professional memberships with the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, Cuyahoga County Chiefs Association and is a board member of the Cuyahoga Community College Law Enforcement Training Advisory Committee. Additionally, Jack proudly serves as a member of the Facility Governing Board of the Lorain/Medina Community Based Correctional Facility. Jack is also a paralegal and member of the Ohio State Bar Association – paralegal section.