Columbus – Staff Lieutenant Richard L. Zwayer II was promoted to the rank of captain today by Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent, during a ceremony at the Patrol’s Academy. Captain Zwayer will remain at his current assignment as Executive Director of Ohio Homeland Security.
Captain Zwayer joined the Patrol in January 1993 as a member of the 124th Academy Class. He earned his commission in June of that year and was assigned to the Springfield Post, where he earned the Ace Award for excellence in auto larceny enforcement in 1996, and was selected Post Trooper of the Year in 1997. He transferred to the West Jefferson Post, where he was selected as Post Trooper of Year in 1998, and earned the Certificate of Recognition for saving the life of a heart attack victim in 1999. In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and transferred to the Chillicothe Post to serve as an assistant post commander. As a sergeant, he also served at the Marysville Post. In 2003, he transferred to the Patrol’s Public Affairs Unit, where he served as the Patrol’s spokesperson. In August 2004, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant to command the Patrol’s Public Affairs Unit. In 2006, he transferred to the Marysville Post to serve as post commander. In 2012, he transferred to the Training Academy where he was promoted to the rank of staff lieutenant and served as an assistant Academy commandant. In 2013, he transferred to the Patrol’s General Headquarters Office of Strategic Services and served in the Office of Technology and Communication Services as well as Ohio Homeland Security to serve as the Chief of Operations for the state fusion center.
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