Thomas J. Stickrath, J.D.
Tom Stickrath was appointed Director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety by Governor Mike DeWine in January of 2019. Stickrath previously served as Superintendent of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), overseeing the state crime lab and a team of law enforcement professionals.
Stickrath has more than 30 years of experience in the criminal justice field. He began his career in 1978 with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) where he served as Chief Inspector, Warden, Regional Director of Prisons, and Assistant Director. In 2005, Governor Bob Taft appointed him the Director of the Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS) and he was reappointed by Governor Ted Strickland. Under his leadership, the department achieved national accreditation for all of its programs, earning DYS the American Correctional Association’s distinguished Eagle Award. In May of 2010, Governor Strickland appointed Stickrath as Director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, where he served until his appointment to Superintendent of BCI.
Throughout his career, Stickrath has held leadership positions in various organizations including the Ohio Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Commission on Accreditation of Corrections, the Council of State Governments Justice Center, and Franklin University. Additionally, he has served extensively as a consultant on criminal justice issues to various organizations and state governments.
Director Stickrath has received awards from a wide variety of organizations, including the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, The Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections, the American Academy of Pediatricians, and The Ohio State University. He was honored with the prestigious E.R. Cass Award, the highest recognition bestowed by the American Correctional Association.
Stickrath received both his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University.
The nearly 4,000 employees of the Ohio Department of Public Safety with a $2.5 billion biennial budget are divided within six divisions: the Ohio State Highway Patrol; Bureau of Motor Vehicles; Homeland Security; Emergency Management Agency; Emergency Medical Services; and Office of Criminal Justice Services.