Sheriff Deborah K. Burchett was born and raised in Clark County and is member of St. Bernard Catholic Church. She graduated from the Ohio Peace Officers Academy at Clark State Community College with an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and from Columbia-Southern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration. 

She began her career at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in 1982 under Sheriff Raymond B. Jordan and her law enforcement career included working in every divi

sion within the Sheriff’s Office. She was first assigned to the Jail Division where she worked less than a year at which time she was transferred to work as a full time Deputy for Tecumseh High School.  Sheriff Burchett was then transferred to the Road Patrol for several years and was then promoted to the Detective Division. During her time in the Detective Division she worked with the drug task force and investigated various high pro-file cases. She also worked in the Sex Offenders Registration and Notification Division which is known as S.O.R.N. 

Sheriff Burchett received numerous awards during her employment at the Sheriff’s Office such as; Meritorious Award, Exceptional Service, Best of the Best Award, Homicide Apprehension Award, Sheriff’s Award, Academic Award and Honor Guard. Sheriff Burchett was the first female at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office to be promoted to Sergeant over the Detective Division.
Sheriff Burchett retired from the Sheriff’s Office in 2011 and began working at the South Vienna Police Department to develop her plan to run for the Sheriff of Clark County.

She made history not only in Clark County by being the first female elected as Sheriff but also by being the only the third female Sheriff in the State of Ohio. Sheriff Burchett is very dedicated to her community, employees and her family by always being available to anyone who needs her.  She prides herself on being open and honest along with the distinction of being approachable by all who meet her.