Chief Michael Martinsen
A Collaborative Higher Education Professional and Law Enforcement Executive, Michael Martinsen spent more than 25 years serving residents of Ohio. From 1990 to 2006, he served in leadership and investigative roles in the Hamilton Police Department, including as Patrol Commander and Tactical Response Team Commander.Michael Martinsen was awarded a"Key to the City"by the City of Hamilton, Ohio, for Team Leadership and Community Service Excellence. Michael was also honored for his Collaborative Leadership & Community Service by the Ohio Senate who awarded Michael the Ohio Senate's Leadership Award.
Beyond his service driven leadership in the Hamilton Police Department, Michael Martinsen founded the Rickshaw Run Events, where he motivated countless citizens from Canada to Cincinnati to raise money for courageous children suffering from life threatening illnesses.
Michael Martinsen was honored by the USA Olympic Committee to serve as an official Olympic Torch Bearer. He gives credit and attributes the events success to the hard work and determination of the community and business leaders who joined forces for the worthy cause. His passion to reach out to the families with children enduring hardships and life threatening illnesses, were motivated by his very special daughter, Megan.
Before accepting a challenging leadership role on the Regional Drug Task Force serving the Midwestern Region, Michael Martinsen proudly served as Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Chief of Police at Wright State University from 2006- 2014. He was nominated for the school's President's Excellence in Service Award in 2010 and again in 2011. He was also awarded the Miami Valley Crime Prevention's "Team Player Award" for his collaborative leadership.
Michael proudly served as the Chief of Police at Ohio University from 2006 to 2008, during which time he implemented hostage negotiations, sexual assault units, and a swat team.
Martinsen holds a Bachelor Degree in Public Safety Administration from Ohio University, and a Masters Degree in Strategic Communications from Seton Hall University. Michael also graduated from Northwestern University's Police Staff and Command School and the Ohio State Highway Patrol's SWAT School.