First African-American Selected To Lead Ohio Highway Patrol

Feb 8, 2019

For the first time in state history, the Ohio Highway Patrol’s two highest ranking leaders will be an African-American and a woman. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has promoted two veteran Ohio State Highway Patrol officers to superintendent and assistant superintendent.

The new Republican governor announced his latest appointments Thursday.

He named Lieutenant Colonel Richard Fambro, a 30-year patrol veteran, as superintendent effective March 16. Fambro will replace Colonel Paul Pride, who is retiring. Major Marla Gaskill will succeed Fambro as assistant superintendent. Both will advance a rank.

DeWine said both share his vision for putting "families at the forefront of everything we do."

Also Thursday, DeWine named long-time Ohio Lottery Commission chairman Patrick McDonald, of Cleveland, as the agency's director effective Feb. 23. McDonald is Cuyahoga County elections director and a veteran of several state offices.