Sheriff Kandy Fatheree
Kandy Fatheree assumed the office of Summit County Sheriff on January 4, 2021. She is the first female Sheriff in Summit County history, and only one of three in the entire state.
Fatheree grew up in Springfield Township, one of six children born to working class parents. Her journey to the Sheriff’s Office began in grade school. “I’ve wanted to work in law enforcement since I was nine years old,” she recalled.
As a single mother, she attended the Police Academy and Corrections Academy in the early 1990s before beginning her career with the Lakemore Police Department as its first and lone female officer. After two years in Lakemore, she joined the Summit County Sheriff’s office as a Deputy in 1995.
Despite facing many obstacles along the way, she rose through the ranks within the office to reach the level of Captain, and was tasked with managing the organization’s $44 million-dollar budget and finance division.
Fatheree realized her dream of becoming Sheriff in 2008, after graduating from the FBI’s National Academy for Executive Leadership in Quantico, VA. “I realized that I was every bit as smart and strong as the men that held positions of Leadership,” she said. So, when Sheriff Barry decided that he would not seek re-election, she threw her hat into the ring and ultimately proved victorious.
She now oversees an office with more than 330 deputies and 100 civilian employees. Among her highest-priorities are reducing recidivism, improving the communications and accessibility between the Sheriff’s Office and the community, aggressively cracking down on human trafficking, fostering an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organization, and streamlining and modernizing many of the office’s internal processes and procedures to improve efficiency and cut costs.