LANCASTER POLICE DEPARTMENT
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
Chief McDaniel is a thirty-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 O.P.O.T.A. 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 throughout his tenure with the department. He has served as Patrol Commander, Detective Bureau Commander, and most recently, he served as 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-one 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 O.P.O.T.A. certification.
Deputy Chief Pillar has earned the Chief’s Citation of Valor and Chief’s Citation of Merit. He has served as a firearms instructor, Taser instructor, and SRT instructor during different periods of his career. His last assignment was as a Patrol Watch Commander from 2003 until his latest promotion. He currently serves as Deputy Chief of Police, a position he was promoted to in 2015.
In his spare time, he has coached pee wee football for fourteen years, as well as served as an assistant instructor of Tae Kwon Do.
Deputy Chief Pillar and his wife, Patricia, live in Lancaster. They have been married since 1990.
Civilian identification fingerprinting must now be submitted electronically, so we are unable to provide this service. Please contact the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office if you are interested in fingerprinting services.