Chief Deputy Bill Artrip
I was raised in Wheelersburg, Ohio, which is a small town in southern Ohio which once was vibrant in the steel industry. Upon graduating from Wheelersburg High School in 1973, I enrolled at the Ohio State University. During the spring of 1978, I was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. Instead of immediately going into the teaching profession, I accepted a park ranger job at Salt Fork State Park in Cambridge, Ohio.
In 1980, Belmont County Sheriff Kathy Crumbley hired me as a deputy sheriff. I primarily worked as a road deputy, but also gained experience as a dispatcher and jailor. Sheriff Dick Stobbs took office in 1982 and I was promoted to a detective position. Working with Detective Lieutenant Ken Ayers and Senior Detective John Foy, I gained experience in investigation of many types of crimes including homicides. I completed several seminars at the Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Academy in London, Ohio. These seminars included homicide investigation, drug investigation, auto theft investigation, sex crimes, interview and interrogation, and advanced patrol tactics. At this point, I attained certification as a law enforcement instructor for basic law enforcement classes. Senior Detective Foy and I taught the majority of the classes to the basic students.
During 1985, Belmont County Sheriff Tom McCort took office and I was promoted to road sergeant. In addition, I continued to complete seminars at the Ohio Peace Officer’s Academy such as financial investigation, defensive tactics, firearm courses, and domestic violence investigation. I directed the operation of road patrol until accepting a job in 1991 with the Ohio Adult Parole Authority. This position required direct supervision of convicted felons as well as extensive testimony in court.
During 2008, I retired from the Ohio Adult Parole Authority and began to serve as probation officer for the Belmont County Common Pleas Courts. In addition, I maintained a special deputy commission and remained active with the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office. My responsibilities at the courts required me to monitor the activities of convicted felons and defendants that were placed into the drug court program. I worked at this position until Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas appointed me as his Chief Deputy in 2013.