Chief Deputy Chris Stratton began his career in law enforcement in 1993 as a Road Patrol Deputy. While on the road, Chris served in several special units including the Sheriff’s Honor Guard, K-9 unit, and the Special Response Team. After ten years on the road patrol, he moved to the Investigative Unit, and soon after promoted to the rank of Corporal on the road patrol. In 2009, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Investigative Unit.
In 2014 he was promoted to Captain and continued to manage Investigations as well as the Clermont County Narcotics Unit until he was promoted to Chief Deputy by Sheriff Leahy.
Chief Stratton graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. Chief Stratton has continued his professional education by attending a number of advanced investigative courses which included Homicide Investigation at the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute, Advanced Death Investigations and Medicolegal Investigation at Wayne State University. Chief Stratton is also a graduate of the Public Safety Leadership Academy, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, at The Ohio State University.