30 • The Beacon December 17 , 2020
Meet Mike White - Leadership Class of 2021
Mike White is a native of Coshocton County who attended Sacred Heart School through eighth grade followed by Ridgewood High School , where he graduated in 1991 .
With a love for science and math , White attended the University of Akron , majoring in construction engineering and surveying . He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1996 and began to work in the field , required to be eligible to take the exam to become a professional engineer .
At the same time , then
Coshocton County Sheriff Dave Corbett gave White an application to the Ohio Peace Officers
Training Academy , as he was interested in becoming an auxiliary police officer . With one year
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White graduated from the academy in 1999 and started with the sheriff ’ s office in November of the same year . He started out in the jail , moved on to dispatch and eventually patrol . Today White is a road patrol sergeant , working swing shift . He also is the Special Response Team commander , firearms and taser instructor , and an ALICE ( active shooter training ) instructor .
Of working swing shift , White said , “ Every shift has its ‘ flavor of the day .’”
Day shift consists of court and inmate transports . Second shift transitions to a little bit of everything — domestics , fights and more . Third shift varies with
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White enjoys being able to utilize his background in engineering , whether it be for property line disputes or in an accident investigation . When asked what he enjoyed most , White said , “ SRT is the most fun , but as commander I mostly sit in the back and oversee everything . It can be nerve-wracking but exciting .”
It should come as no surprise his least favorite is the paperwork . As a supervisor he reviews everyone ’ s reports .
White is a member of Three Rivers Masonic Lodge in Coshocton and enjoys running halfmarathons and triathlons with his wife .
Dean Hettinger had suggested participating in Leadership Coshocton County years ago when he was a participant , but due to his shift-schedule , White wasn ’ t able to participate . He had talked to
Kevin Cichon about the class , and his sister , Amy White Bourne , a member of the 2020 class , encouraged him to apply . This time his schedule worked out .
White said , “ Dean talked highly about the program . Everyone I have talked to said it was a fantastic program and that I would get a lot out of it . I am looking forward to learning more about Coshocton and ways to get involved . Taking this class is ‘ outside the box ’ for me . I never would have had interactions with the others and am enjoying getting to know them .”
White has a positive opinion of the community . “ It ’ s a great community , and it bothers me when I hear people say ‘ Coshocton doesn ’ t have anything to offer ’ or ‘ there ’ s nothing to do .’ There ’ s always something to do or something going on — The artPARK , school plays , Triple Locks Theatre … always something going
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