Sheriff Earns OCU’s First Leadership Award

Dwight Radcliff, Pickaway County Sheriff, Receives Community Leadership Award

Tim Tebow may have been the draw for a crowd of 2,000 at Tuesday's Leadership Conference held at Ohio Christian University, but the real celebrity at the event, according to Dr. Mark Smith, OCU president, was Dwight Radcliff, Pickaway County Sheriff.

Radcliff was presented the university's first Community Leadership Award at the event for his years of service to Pickaway County.

"To me, the hero of the night was Dwight Radcliff for his leadership," Smith said. "When you see a role model like the Sheriff who has given himself literally to the community as a servant for all these years, we just felt this was the time to kick off this award and make him the first recipient."

Radcliff announced his retirement earlier this year at the completion of his current term Dec. 31 after 48 years in office. He holds the distinction as the longest-serving Sheriff in the United States.

Radcliff said he was surprised but honored by the presentation, which included a quartz clock, a plaque and certificate.

"There were a lot of people there," Radcliff said. "Mark Smith went on and on, talking about my years of service and how we've helped them out there (at the university). I didn't have a chance to say anything other than thank them for it, but I'm very appreciative of it coming from them and doing it with a crowd like that when Tebow was there."

Smith said Radcliff is an outstanding community leader, and Pickaway County is blessed to have a man like Dwight Radcliff as its Sheriff.

"He is here to keep our community clean and to work hard on keeping crime down," Smith said. "His whole department and the servant attitude they have comes from his leadership. We just thought it would be the right time and place to honor him."

Radcliff was joined at the event by his wife, Betty, and their children.

TRISH BENNETT, Editor for the Circleville Herald