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Chief Deputy George Taylor
Chief George Taylor has been involved in criminal justice for approximately 38 years. After serving as Cuyahoga County’s Director of Public Safety and Justice Services, Chief Taylor joined the CCSD in April of 2016 as Chief Deputy.
The vast majority of Chief Taylor’s career was at the Toledo Police Department. During his tenure with Toledo Police, he was assigned to various areas of command responsibilities. Those areas included: Investigations, Field Operations, Records, Planning and Research, Personnel, Neighborhood Crime Prevention, Homeland Security and Internal Affairs.
After retiring from the Toledo Police Department as the Deputy Chief, Taylor became Assistant Chief at the Westerville Division of Police. There, he commanded the Administrative Service Section and a multi-jurisdiction Tactical Unit.
He is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College, Leadership Toledo, U.S. Secret Service Dignitary Protection Program and Force Science Institute. Other specialized training includes Crime Prevention, Homeland Security, Workplace Violence, Crisis Intervention, managing Police Discipline, and Strategic Planning for Diversity in Recruiting and Hiring of Police. He is also a former Crime Prevention Specialist and Police Academy instructor.
Taylor is a member of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, National Tactical Officers Association, and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. He has served on the Board of Directors for Leadership Toledo and Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation, and Toledo/Lucas County TRIAD. Currently he serves on the Police Executive Leadership College Board.
Chief Taylor received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Findlay and Masters of Public Administration from Bowling Green State University. He is married to Lori and has two sons, Eric and Anthony.
Captain Richard Peters
Captain Peters started his law enforcement career with the Sheriff’s Department in 1990. His previous positions include working as a Detective, Sergeant, and Lieutenant, with a promotion to Captain in 2014. He attended numerous specialized trainings and supervisory schools to advance his skills. With his current responsibilities, he oversees the Detective Bureau, Internal Affairs Unit, Use of Deadly Force Team, Dignitary Protection Team, and other specialized units within the department. He will be attending the FBI National Academy in the near future, as part of the department’s professional development toward leadership. In his free time, Captain Peters enjoys participating and volunteering in his community and coaching youth sports.
Captain Donald Gerome
Donald Gerome is a Captain for the Cuyahoga County Sheriff Department. Captain Gerome is responsible for the Sheriff’s Narcotic Division, K-9 Division, Impact Unit, Warrant/ISP Unit, Federal Task Force Detectives, Patrol Division, Transport Unit, Radio Room, CCW Office, Motorpool, Range, and Court Security Officers. He oversees 9 Deputy Sheriff Sergeants, 78 Deputy Sheriffs, and 19 civilian employees.
Captain Gerome first joined the Sheriff’s Department in 1995 as a Corrections Officer. After graduating OPOTA he was hired as a Deputy Sheriff in 2001. Captain Gerome was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2007, Lieutenant in 2014, and Captain in 2016.