Chief Deputy Mark Schoonover is a lifelong resident of Hamilton County, and is married to Anne, his wife of thirty four years. They have two children and three grandchildren. Chief Schoonover’s eldest son is a Sergeant with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, serving in the Organized Crime Unit.
After serving his country in the United States Army, from which he was honorably discharged, Chief Schoonover worked in the private sector for a few years before being hired by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in 1981. Chief Schoonover began his career in law enforcement as a Corrections Officer at the Cincinnati Workhouse.
While working full-time, he graduated from the School of Police Staff and Command program at Northwestern University in Chicago and completed more than 4,000 hours of job training and education through the Sheriff’s Office. He is currently working on a degree in criminal justice from Cincinnati State.
Chief Schoonover’s dedication and leadership skills throughout his 31 years with the Sheriff’s Office earned him promotions to Corporal, Sergeant, and then to Lieutenant and Commander of District 1 and District 3.
“I am proud to have Chief Schoonover serve as Chief Deputy. Chief Schoonover’s wealth of knowledge and experience makes him a great asset to my Administration,” says Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil.