On January 7, 2013, John Tharp was sworn in as the 45th Sheriff of Lucas County. Being elected Sheriff, culminated his many years of law enforcement experience, beginning with his 25 year career with the Toledo Police Division. During his tenure with the Toledo Police Division, Sheriff Tharp was assigned to Field Operations, Narcotics Squad, Drug Task Force and the Homicide Squad .
In 1997, Sheriff Tharp began his career with the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office. Initially named the Director of Court Services, he subsequently became the Commander of the Administrative Services Section. Included in his duties were assignments to Homeland Security, Great Lakes Northern Border Initiative, Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the Lucas County Joint Task Force.
Sheriff Tharp’s service to his country is one of his proudest achievements. Serving his County in the United States Army, Sheriff Tharp was a Combat Medic during the Vietnam War. As a result of this service, he was awarded the Bronze Star.
Community service has been an important part of Sheriff Tharp’s life. Involvement in organizations such as the Old Newsboys’ Association, The Police Athletic League (PAL), and Read for Literacy are just a few examples to his commitment to the area’s youth, and senior population.
Sheriff Tharp is proud to serve the citizens of Lucas County. He is also proud of the men and women that comprise the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Tharp and his staff are committed to making Lucas County a safe place to live, work and raise families.
U.S. Army - Bronze Star
Toledo Public Schools – Silver Slate Award
Toledo Public Schools – Apple Award
PDK – Educator of the Year
Pat Miller Foundation Service Award
2012 Jefferson Award
Alliance for Retired Citizens
Area Office of Aging of NW Ohio
Criminal Judge Center of Lucas County
Eleanor Kahle Center
FBI Terrorist Task Force
Great Lakes Northern Border Initiative
Lucas County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services
Lucas County Library’s “Read for Literacy”
Lucas County Sheriff’s Office Mentoring Program
Lucas County Sheriff’s Office Block Watch
Old Newsboys Goodfellow Association
Pat Miller Foundation
Police Athletic League (P.A.L.)
“Race for Literacy”
T.R.I.A.D. (Senior Safety)
Toledo Police Mentoring Program