Personal: Wife Loretta; three children; six grandchildren; serves as an elder in his church
Experience: 43 years in law enforcement
• Sheriff of Fairfield County • Columbus Police Lieutenant • Narcotics Bureau/Patrol Division • Assignments: Detective Bureau, Vice Bureau & Administrative Assignments • Washington D.C. Police Department • Detective and Police Officer • Has taught classes on police ethics and also the opiate epidemic, not only locally but to the National Sheriffs' Association, the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association and the Attorney General’s Conference
Awards: Sheriff Phalen has received numerous commendations and awards, but the one he is most proud is the “Ohio Distinguished Law Enforcement Award” presented to him by the Ohio Attorney General.
Misc.: Sheriff Phalen hosts a weekly safety television program shown locally on Time Warner Cable. He has also been featured in USA Today newspaper, and on Fox News and CNN.