Lucas ready to take on new role as sheriff

On Nov. 6, the voters of Belmont County elected long-time law enforcement officer David Lucas as sheriff. Lucas’s term will begin in January. This was his second time running for the position of sheriff – the first time was in 2008.

“All my years at the sheriff’s office I loved and was very passionate in my job. As my years went on and as I was getting on in my later years, I wanted to go up to the top of the ladder and be sheriff,” said Lucas. “I retired as the major here. When I retired, I wanted to take my chance as being sheriff.”

Lucas retired from the sheriff’s on Oct. 31, 2007. Though in his retirement, he still worked with the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office in training and the special operations branch. Outside of that, he kept busy by working with the family business, The Fire Works Company.

“I think at the time, I retired to run for sheriff because I ran for sheriff in 2008,” said Lucas, who has plans for when he is in office. “I’m going to be a full-time sheriff We are going to work together, not only with all the police departments, but with the community and the people of Belmont County. And because of the crime and the criminal aspect in Belmont County, it is going to take all of us working together to combat the crime in Belmont County.”

Lucas begin his career in 1979 at Barnesville Police Department when the police chief Chris Ditto directed the then younger Lucas to the right path. Lucas describes his younger self as ornery, and the chief put him on the straight and narrow.

He came over to the sheriff’s office to move up through the ranks, where he remained until his retirement. Over the years working for the sheriff’s office, Lucas was very successful with achievements including being a founding member of the Sexual Assault Taskforce in the early 80s, and he also formulated and oversaw the special operations branch.

“I’ve been a career police officer ever since I graduated. I started at the Barnesville Police Department and from the Barnesville Police Department, I came over here to the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office,” said Lucas. “The thing I like the most about the job is the community interaction with the people. The thing I loved the best was being out there with the community.”

Lucas feels that the communication with the community and other law enforcement agencies in the area is very important.

“I am going to be actively involved in the community,” said Lucas.