Michael D. Smith

Michael D. Smith

COLUMBUS – Two promotions were announced this week by the Mansfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

On Sept. 26, Trooper Michael D. Smith was promoted to the rank of sergeant by Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent. Sergeant Smith will transfer from his current assignment at the Bucyrus Post to serve as an assistant post commander at the Mansfield Post.

Sergeant Smith began his Patrol career in September 2011 as a member of the 151st Academy Class. He earned his commission in February of the following year and was assigned to the Marion Post. In 2018, he earned the Ace Award for excellence in auto larceny enforcement. He was selected as Post Trooper of the Year twice and District Trooper of the Year in 2020. He also earned the Criminal Patrol Award twice.

Sergeant Smith served in the United States Army from 2000 to 2004. He earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from The Ohio State University in 2008.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is an internationally accredited agency whose mission is to protect life and property, promote traffic safety and provide professional public safety services with respect, compassion, and unbiased professionalism.

Also on Sept. 26, Sergeant Jason P. Murfield was promoted to the rank of lieutenant by Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent. Lieutenant Murfield will remain in his current assignment at the Mansfield Post to serve as post commander.

Lieutenant Murfield began his Patrol career in November 2006 as a member of the 147th Academy Class. He earned his commission in June of the following year and was assigned to the Mansfield Post. He was selected as Post Trooper of the Year twice.

In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and remained at the Mansfield Post to serve as an assistant post commander. In 2017, he earned the Colonel Thomas W. Rice Leadership Award. As a sergeant, he also served at the Mt. Gilead Post.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is an internationally accredited agency whose mission is to protect life and property, promote traffic safety and provide professional public safety services with respect, compassion, and unbiased professionalism.

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