Thomas Rees, Jr. started his career in criminal justice in 1974 with the
Union County Sheriff’s Office in Marysville, Ohio.
He has been affiliated with several other law enforcement agencies in
Central Ohio until his retirement in 2011, including the Village of
Richwood Police Department, and most recently the Gahanna Division of
Police, where he has received awards for Exceptional Duty in 1998, and
Reserve Officer of the Year in 1999.
Mr. Rees was a full-time employee in the field of corrections for 24
years, serving in supervisory and managerial positions in several
different institutions at both the county and state level.
While serving as a law enforcement officer, Mr. Rees became a co-worker
survivor with the Concerns of Police Survivors when his partner Deputy
Sergeant Roger Beekman was killed in an on-duty vehicle crash in 1979,
and Union County Sheriff Harry Wolfe was murdered at a burglary scene in
1982. He served as a Trustee for the Ohio Chapter of the Concerns of
Police Survivors for several years, and as the Midwest District Trustee
on the National Board from 2013 – 2016. In 2017, he was elected to the
position of Vice President with Ohio C.O.P.S.
Mr. Rees has an Associates Degree in Law Enforcement Technology and a
Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree, both from Ohio University. He also
earned a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Michigan State
University. He has authored over 45 articles in several professional
publications, and has lectured on police and corrections topics nationally.