Sheriff Jeffrey D. Paden

     Sheriff Paden is a 21 year veteran of the Guernsey County Sheriff's Office. He has been a captain since 2013 and was second in command for all operations at the sheriff's office. A life-long resident of Guernsey County, Sheriff Paden was hired by the sheriff's office in October 1994 as a deputy working in the county jail. Two years later, he was transferred to work the road duties as a deputy and in 2010 he was promoted to detective sergeant, working numerous homicide and felony cases. He is a current member of the sheriff's Critical Incident Team and past member of the Special Response Team. Sheriff Paden has completed his master criminal investigators certification through the Ohio Peace Officer's Training Academy.
    Sheriff Paden has received several certificates and accommodations including Dare Instructor, four Sheriff Accommodations and three Safe Driving Accommodations. He has received certifications in death and homicide investigation, READ interrogation, crime scene investigation, initial response to a critical incident, specialized death investigation, school shooting planning and response, weapons of mass destruction, interview and interrogation, identify theft investigation, 911 homicide calls, blood stain evidence, legal updates, identifying sex offenders and latent print processing. . 
    Prior to joining the sheriff's office, Sheriff Paden graduated from the Cambridge High School in 1988. He was a basketball and track athlete and attended his junior year of high school at the Guernsey-Noble Career Center for law enforcement. After high school, he went to Zane State College and received an associate's degree in criminal justice. He earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Ohio University in 1991. He later completed the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy in 1993.

     Sheriff Paden resides in Cambridge with his wife, Adrianne, and sons, Derek and Justin. He is the son of Don and Diane Paden of Old Washington and the late Sharon Walker and in-laws Harley and Janice Bates. His brother, Donnie Paden, lives in Columbus where he serves as a police officer, while brothers Dustin Paden, Duane Poland and Nile Poland, live in the Old Washington Area.
     Sheriff Paden's community involvement includes past president of the Parent-Teacher Organization at the former Garfield Elementary School, past president Cambridge Challenger Little League Baseball and past coach and past board member for Biddy League Football. One of his most rewarding accomplishments is being a co-founder for the Cambridge Challenger League, a league for challenged children who want to play baseball. He attends Faith United Methodist Church on Jefferson Avenue in Cambridge. He is active in Secret Santa and Shop with a Cop through the sheriff's office. Jeff is a member of the F&AM Guernsey Lodge 0066, Scottish Rite, Cambridge Moose Lodge 631 and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 136, for which he serves as president.
     Sheriff Paden's goals are to continue the battle with drugs and educate the youths and adults about drugs. He seeks to actively work with all law enforcement agencies, county agencies and emergency responders and also to continue the focus on serving and protecting the citizens of Guernsey County. He looks forward to the start of this new chapter.

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