Chief Deputy Mark Schoonover has been a resident of Hamilton County since 1993, and is married to his wife, Anne, since 1979. They have two children and four grandchildren. Chief Schoonover’s eldest son is a Lieutenant with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, serving in the Organized Crime Unit.
After serving his country in the United States Army, Chief Schoonover worked in the private sector for a short time 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 with the Sheriff’s Patrol Division and attaining the rank of Sergeant, he graduated from the School of Police Staff and Command Program at Northwestern in Chicago, and completed more than 4,000 hours of job training and education through the Sheriff’s Office. He, then, continued his education and obtained a degree in criminal justice from Cincinnati State.