Columbus, Ohio – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced the appointments of the superintendent and assistant superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Effective on March 16, Lieutenant Colonel Richard S. Fambro will assume the responsibilities of the superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and will be promoted to the rank of colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Fambro will replace the outgoing superintendent, Colonel Paul Pride, who will retire on March 15 after nearly 30 years of service.
Governor DeWine also announced the appointment of Major Marla Gaskill as a new assistant superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. She will fill the position vacated by Lieutenant Colonel Fambro and will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel.
“The new superintendent and assistant superintendent have both maintained distinguished careers in the Patrol, and they share my vision that puts protecting Ohio families at the forefront of everything we do,” said Governor DeWine. “Their commitment to Ohio and passion for public safety will help the Ohio State Highway Patrol thrive under their leadership.”
Lieutenant Colonel Fambro began his Patrol career in August 1989 as a cadet dispatcher at the Patrol’s Lancaster Post. He became a member of the 119th Academy Class in January 1990. He earned his commission in June of that year and was assigned to the Dayton Post, where he was selected as Post Trooper of the Year in 1994.
In 1997, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and transferred to the Springfield Post to serve as assistant post commander. In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and transferred to the Lancaster Post to serve as post commander. In 2003, he was selected to serve as the Patrol’s spokesperson in the Public Affairs Unit. In 2004, he was promoted to the rank of staff lieutenant and transferred to the Office of Logistics and Security Services. As a staff lieutenant, he also served at the Columbus District Headquarters as an assistant district commander.
In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of captain and transferred to the Office of Investigative Services. As a captain, he also served in the Office of Special Operations and in the Office of Criminal Investigations. In 2014, he was promoted to the rank of major and transferred to the Office of Planning and Analysis. As a major, he also served in the Office of Personnel.
Lieutenant Colonel Fambro completed advance leadership training at Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and attended the U.S. Army War College. He completed advance leadership training at Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command in 2002. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University in 2004 and will complete his studies to obtain a Master of Science in Management degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in May of 2019.
Major Marla Gaskill began her Patrol career in May 1989 as a cadet. She began her training as a member of the 119thAcademy Class in January 1990. She earned her commission in June of that year and was assigned to the Wooster Post. In 1995, she transferred to the Aviation Unit to serve as the first female pilot for the Patrol.
In 1997, she was promoted to the rank of sergeant and transferred to the Norwalk Post to serve as an assistant post commander, later transferring to the Delaware Post and then the Administrative Investigation Unit. In 2001, she was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and transferred to the Marysville Post to serve as a post commander. In 2006, she was promoted to the rank of staff lieutenant and served in the Offices of Personnel, Field Operations, and Capital Operations. In 2011, she was promoted to the rank of captain and assumed command of the Fiscal Services Section. In 2016, she was promoted to the rank of major and transferred to Office of Planning and Finance.
Major Gaskill is a graduate of The University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute and attended executive leadership training at the U.S. Army War College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Capital University in 2001, a Master of Business Administration degree from Franklin University in 2008 and is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration degree from Ohio University.
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