Chillicothe Police Chief retires, becomes a prosecutor



The Chillicothe Chief of Police has retired.

Keith Washburn, Esq., was presented with a plaque and certificate of appreciation after serving more than 25 years with the Chillicothe Police Department.

Sworn in as Chief in 2015, Washburn graduated with an associate’s degree in law enforcement and a bachelor’s of criminal justice from Ohio University, as well as Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.

In 2018, Washburn graduated from Capital University Law School with a law degree. Hired more than 25 years ago by the city, Washburn worked his way up from a Patrolman, to Sergeant, Captain, Interim Chief, and then, eventually the top job.

Prior to being a police officer for the city, Washburn served in the armed forces.

Washburn will be an assistant prosecutor with Jackson County beginning on Tuesday.

The Scioto Valley Guardian is the #1 local news source for the Scioto Valley. The Guardian was previously two publications, Fayette Advocate (2012) and Chillicothe Guardian (2018), respectively. Their parent company merged the two publications in 2019 -- forming The Guardian -- and expanded the coverage area to include the entire Scioto Valley.

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