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.
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 Deputy Chief of Police from 2015 until his latest promotion. He currently serves as Chief of Police, a position he was promoted to in 2017.
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.
Chief Pillar and his wife, Patricia, live in Lancaster. They have been married since 1990.