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Ohio Department of Public Safety Director's Office

John Born

Director, Ohio Department of Public Safety


John Born was appointed Director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety (DPS) in 2013 by Governor John R. Kasich. He previously served as Colonel and superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol capping a 26-year law enforcement career. 

As Patrol Superintendent, he significantly reprioritized the Patrol's focus elevating criminal patrol to the same mission level as highway safety. As part of a historic restructuring, the merging of homeland security, intelligence, emergency management, and statewide communications was facilitated through the creation of the Hub; a center staffed 24/7/365 by Patrol commanders, intelligence analysts, emergency management experts, and communications staff. Metro posts were established in the three largest Ohio cities and integrated vehicle theft and fraud units were added.

From 2011 to 2018, the number of people killed in Ohio traffic crashes reached historic lows. Also contributing to a safer Ohio during this period, nearly $500 million of drugs and contraband were seized, felony arrests by troopers and DPS agents set a record high, and violent crime in Ohio reached a 40 year low.  As Director, he helped design and co-chair the nationally recognized community-police relations effort that established first ever statewide standards designed to build and foster trust.

Director Born holds Bachelor of Science in journalism and Master of Social Science in deviant behavior degrees from Ohio University. He completed the FBI’s National Executive Institute, governance training at Harvard Business School and leadership training at the United States Army War College. He served as co-chair of Ohio’s Task Force on Community and Police Relations and still serves as co-chair of the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board. He serves as the designated Homeland Security Advisor to Governor Kasich, led the State's coordinated security efforts for the Cleveland Republican National Convention; co-chairs the State Emergency Response Commission; serves on the Ohio Supreme Court’s regional judicial opioid initiative; chaired an international law enforcement officer safety effort; served as chairman of Ohio’s law enforcement computer network; and has served as Chairman of the Board of one of Ohio’s five state pension systems.

He has earned the United States Department of Homeland Security Partnership Award, the United States Secret Service Director’s Honor Award, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police J. Stannard Baker award.  He and his wife have two grown children. 


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. 

  Director, John Born