COLUMBUS — The Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol has a new post commander, following the promotion of Sgt. Shawn D. Cook to the rank of lieutenant during a ceremony Friday.
Lt. Cook will transfer from his previous assignment at the Lima Post to serve as post commander at the Marysville Post. He was promoted during a ceremony conducted by Patrol Superintendent Colonel Richard S. Fambro at the Patrol’s Training Academy.
Former Marysville Post Commander Lt. Molly Harris has transferred to human resources patrol’s general headquarters in Columbus, Lt. Cook said this morning.
Lt. Cook began his patrol career in September 2003 as a member of the 141st Academy Class. He earned his commission in March of the following year and was assigned to the Defiance Post. He was selected as Post Trooper of the Year five times; District Trooper of the Year twice; and State Trooper of the Year in 2012.
He earned the Ace Award for excellence in auto larceny enforcement three times and the Criminal Patrol Award twice.
As a trooper, he also served at the Van Wert Post. In 2014, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and remained at the Van Wert Post to serve as an assistant post commander. As sergeant, he also served at the Lima Post.
Lt. Cook served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1998 to 2005. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice law enforcement from Tiffin University in 2019.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is an internationally accredited agency whose mission is to protect life and property, promote traffic safety and provide professional public safety services with respect, compassion, and unbiased professionalism.