A 10-year law enforcement veteran who rose through the ranks is the new leader of the police agency in this western Hamilton County suburb.
Ryan Schrand, 34, became North College Hill's youngest police chief in the history of the department when he was sworn in Tuesday night.
He joined the agency as patrol officer in 2005, started their first K-9 program, was the patrol supervisor and served on the Hamilton County Police Association SWAT Team.
The Colerain High School graduate earned an associate degree in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati and is close to receiving a bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University.
Schrand said he wants to improve the police department's community relations by forming tighter bonds with residents, schools and business owners and increase social media use to get crime reduction tips and alerts out to the public.
"The sense of community here is greater than most people would ever imagine," he said. "I think some of the larger departments spend big money to get in touch with the community and we just naturally have that and always prided ourselves on it. We have something special here with the the officers I lead. They are a great group of guys who have always been committed and worked hard and believe in the same things that I do, that sense of community, that volunteer work, the extra hours. The things they try to do to make everything better has just been inspiring."
Within the next 30 days, he hopes to have a new server installed he needs to equip the department's 16-full time and 7-part-time officers with body cameras.
Schrand is a board member and coach for Ross Little Rams football organization.
The new chief and his wife, Hollie, are parents to a 10-year-old son, Nate.
Schrand will earn $80,000 annually.
He replaces former chief Gary Foust, who retired Sept. 1 after serving more than four years.
"I have a very good predecessor and mentor in Gary Foust," Schrand said. "I have big shoes to fill because he was one of the best chiefs I have ever worked for. I have a lot of things on my plate, but I think if I can do it with half the honor and desire he put into it, we will be just fine."
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