Chief Donald R. Person, better known as Randy, has been with the police division since 1976.
Chief Person started his career with the City of Xenia as a Communications Operator. In 1979, Chief Person was sworn in as a police officer. In 1987, Chief Person was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served as a street patrol supervisor. Chief Person served as a member of the division's special weapons and tactical team for a number of years before being promoted to Lieutenant in 1992. As a Lieutenant, Chief Person supervised the Patrol Section, the Administrative Section, and twice served as the Interim Chief of Police before being appointed full-time to the Chief of Police position in June 2003.
Chief Person has led the Xenia Police Division through its initial Accreditation process in 1993, as well as very successful re-accreditation inspections every three years since 1998 including 2010 where the Xenia Police Division was recognized as both a Meritorious and Flagship agency for CALEA. Chief Person has an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences in Law Enforcement from Sinclair Community College and a Bachelors Degree of Science in Urban Administration from Wright State University. In addition Chief Person graduated from the Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command in 1996. In 1998 Chief Person has also received the Casey Elliott "City's Finest" Award. Chief Person has worked diligently to keep the division on the cutting edge of technological advancements and current management philosophies. Chief Person, in his position as Chief, looks forward to facing the challenges in our community.
Chief Person is married to his wife Cheryl and has 2 sons, Ben and Brian.