Reynoldsburg Chief of Police
Among many other crutial responsibilities that directly affect the community and it's citizens, here are some of the daily tasks of the Chief.
Directs, plans, and organizes all police operations and supervises police and civilian staff. Determines and approves personnel, equipment, facility, materials, and supply needs; implements training programs; interprets and enforces all laws, regulations, and procedures to ensure they are followed; prepares annual departmental budget.
Chief Jim O'Neill is originally from the northeast area of Ohio, he moved to Columbus in 1979 to attend The Ohio State University. In 1987 Chief O’Neill obtained a B.S. in Marketing from Franklin University. In 2001 he attended Northwestern University Center for Public Safety- School of Police Staff and Command. Chief Jim O’Neill has been a member of the Reynoldsburg Division of Police since August 24, 1992. After graduating from the Ohio Highway Patrol Academy he served as a Police Officer in patrol and as a narcotics detective until January 1997 when he was promoted to Sergeant. Chief O’Neill served as C-Company Sergeant for three years when he was then promoted to Lieutenant in November 2000. He worked as both the Administrative and Operations Lieutenant until April 2012 when he was appointed Acting Chief. He held the Acting Chief’s position until September 11, 2012 when he was sworn in as Chief of Police.
Chief Jim O’Neill and his wife Lisa have been married since August, 1984. They have two adult children Brittany and Sean. When he is not working, Chief O’Neill is an avid sports fan, pulling for the Buckeyes and all three Cleveland pro teams as well as the Crew and Blue Jackets. He also enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities including hunting in the fall and running and training for marathons whenever the central Ohio weather permits.