Lancaster Police Department
Chief of Police Don McDaniel
Chief McDaniel is a twenty-eight year veteran of the Lancaster Police Department. He is a native of Lancaster and graduated from Lancaster High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps. He attended Basic Peace Officer Training at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, where he received his OPOTA certification. Chief McDaniel is a graduate of Class 237 of the Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.
Chief McDaniel has worked in various assignments and positions throughout his tenure with the department. He has served as a patrol watch commander, detective bureau supervisor and most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Police.
Chief McDaniel is active in the law enforcement community. He has served as president, vice president and as a trustee of the local Fraternal Order of Police - Forest Rose Lodge # 50. He has also served as president of the Lancaster Police Supervisors Association and as chairman of the Fairfield County Law Enforcement Administrators group.
He has also been involved in the Lancaster community, coaching girls’ softball and basketball for many years. He served several years as president and tournament director for the Lancaster Girls Softball Association and is currently the organizations UIC (Umpire in Charge). He is currently a member of the Community Corrections Board and the United Way Campaign Committee.
Chief McDaniel and his wife Tracey live in Lancaster. They have been married for thirty years, and have four adult children and three grandchildren.
Deputy Chief Pillar has served the Lancaster Police Department since 1989. He grew up in Lancaster and graduated from Lancaster High School. He served four years in the United States Marine Corps after high school. He attended Basic Peace Officer Training at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, where he received his OPOTA certification.
Deputy Chief Pillar earned the Chief’s citation of Valor and Chief’s citation of Merit while a patrol officer. He has served as a firearms instructor, Taser instructor, and SRT instructor during different periods. His last assignment was as a patrol watch commander from 2003 until his latest promotion. He currently serves as the Deputy Chief, a position he was promoted to in 2015.
He served as a pee wee football coach for fourteen years before being transferred to Second Watch and was an assistant instructor of Tae Kwon Do at a local school.
Deputy Chief Pillar and his wife Patricia live in Lancaster. They have been married for twenty-five years.
To provide protection and high quality police services to all.
We will continue to improve our service and lead in law enforcement by adhering to these principles:
- Teamwork and Mutual Respect
- A Sense of Urgency
- A Positive Environment for our Members
- Partnership with the Community
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The request will be emailed to the Community Services Unit when you submit.
Civilian identification fingerprinting must now be submitted electronically and we are unable to provide this service.
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