Deputy Chief Thomas A. Quinlan




Deputy Chief Quinlan joined the Division in 1989 as a member of the 76th recruit class. He has worked a variety of assignments over his 23 year career.  He worked in patrol, where he served as a Field Training Officer, and was assigned to the Freeway Unit and the Sexual Abuse Unit.

He was promoted to Sergeant in 1996 where he worked 3rd shift patrol and the Detective Bureau Forgery/Fraud Unit.  He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2001 and worked in Communications, Inspections, the Discipline/Grievance Office, and was the 3rd shift Patrol Lieutenant for Zone 4.  During his 5 years as the Zone 4 Lieutenant he was responsible for planning major events in the downtown and university areas where he served as the Incident Commander.

He was promoted Commander in 2009 and has held assignments in Patrol, and in Traffic, where he completed the Harley Davidson police motorcycle training, and the Training Bureau.  While assigned to the Training Bureau he became certified as a State of Ohio School Commander for police recruit training. He has overseen the training and graduation of 5 recruit classes.  

He was promoted Deputy Chief in 2013 and is assigned to the Patrol North Sub Division and serves as Chair on several committees.

Deputy Chief Quinlan has received the Division’s Medal of Merit, Special Commendation Ribbon, Fitness Ribbon, and Safe Driving Ribbon.  He is a certified instructor at the academy and teaches courses on the American Court System, riot control tactics, and emergency vehicle operations to include the PIT maneuver.  He has taught management courses at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, and teaches several college courses at Ohio University. Deputy Chief Quinlan served 9 years with the Ohio Air National Guard and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.

Deputy Chief Quinlan graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Criminology; graduated from Central Michigan University with a Master of Science in Human Resource Administration, and has earned a Graduate Certificate from Capital University Law School in Legal Assisting.  He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 249. 

Deputy Chief Quinlan is married to his wife, Jennifer, of 22 years, and has 3 daughters, Alison, Mackenzie, and Cassandra.



The following Zones are contained within the Patrol - North Subdivision:

Patrol Zones 1, 4

Strategic Response Bureau