DEI Efforts Highlighted in National Magazine
August 10, 2023
The efforts of Sheriff Fatheree and her team to expand and improve diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Sheriff's Office recruitment, hiring, and training practices have been highlighted in the national Sheriff & Deputy Magazine. Click below to read:
Sheriff Fatheree Receives Civil Rights Award
July 23, 2023
Sheriff Kandy Fatheree is honored to have been awarded the Civil Rights Outstanding Law Enforcement Executive, Justice by Action award at the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE) Awards Brunch on Sunday, July 23rd, 2023.
NOBLE recognized Sheriff Fatheree’s efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, to better reflect the community it serves. Examples include hiring the first Director of DEI in Sheriff’s Office history, forging new partnerships with houses of worship and community organizations, increasing DEI training for deputies and staff, obtaining grant funding to improve and expand recruitment efforts to attract more women, minorities, and new citizens, and introducing the national Faith & Blue initiative to Summit County – the largest law enforcement-community collaboration in the nation.
Fatheree also received recognition for her advocacy to reform state’s dress code policy for deputies to allow for religious accommodations after her office hired the first Sikh deputy in Ohio history, her efforts to establish a “Step Up” program for inmates with mental health and addiction issues to help reduce recidivism, and her promotion of Captain Donna Nicholas to Chief and Captain Matamba Kaalima to Major, making them respectively the highest ranking woman and African American in Summit County Sheriff’s Office history.
Sheriff Fatheree featured on PBS series Forum 360
April 25, 2023
Sheriff Fatheree had the pleasure of sitting down with Leslie Ungar of the PBS series Forum 360 to discuss the work of the Summit County Sheriff's Office, her background and goals as Sheriff and the challenges she's overcome, and the work that lies ahead.
Sheriff Fatheree and Prosecutor Bevan Walsh team up to offer free rides on St. Patrick's Day
March 16, 2023
Sheriff Fatheree and County Prosecutor Sheriff Bevan Walsh have teamed up again for the Arrive Alive program, offering free or reduced-fare rides home for those who have had too much to drink over the holiday weekend. Click below to watch:
Sheriff Fatheree appointed to National Sheriff's Association Board of Directors
February 10, 2023
Sheriff Fatheree was proudly appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Sheriff's Association last week.
"At this critical time for our nation, the public is demanding better of law enforcement," said Fatheree. "I welcome this new role with the NSA as an opportunity to bring my vision of fairness, accessibility, inclusion, and reform to the national level.
Sheriff Fatheree makes Donna Nicholas first
female chief in county history
December 27, 2022
Sheriff Fatheree promoted Captain Donna Nicholas to the rank of Chief of Corrections today. Chief Nicholas has been with the Sheriff's Office for 27 years. She was its first female Captain, and is now not only the first female Chief in Sheriff's Office history, but in the history of all Summit County law enforcement agencies.
Sheriff Fatheree swears in her youngest deputy
March 2, 2022
Sheriff Fatheree swore in the youngest deputy of the Summit County Sheriff's Office, 8-year-old Joshua Eastman of Alleghany, Pennsylvania. Joshua has been fighting a rare form of leukemia, but dreams of one day becoming a law enforcement officer. When his story went viral, police departments from across the country began sending Joshua badges and patches. When Sheriff Fatheree learned of his story, she decided to do something special for Joshua. After first sending him a fully customized deputy's shirt and badge, she surprised Joshua by swearing him in as a deputy! Click below to watch:
Sheriff Fatheree swears in highest-ranking African American in county history
Sheriff Fatheree promoted Captain Matamba Kaalima to the rank of Major this week, making him the highest ranking African American law enforcement official in Summit County History. Kaalima has been with the Sheriff's Office for 18 years, and has spent most of that time in corrections, which he considers his passion. He has studied law enforcement and corrections his entire adult life, is a publish author, and enjoys poetry and playing the trumpet in his spare time.
December 18, 2021
Sheriff Fatheree featured on Boss Ladies of CLE
December 18, 2021
Sheriff Fatheree was featured on this week's edition of Boss Ladies of CLE from WKYC Channel 3. Click below to watch: