Senate District 31
Jay Hottinger
PHOTO RELEASE: Ohio Senate Welcomes First Female Sergeant at Arms to Protective Operations Team
June 3, 2019
President Obhof administers the Oath of Office to retired Lt. Suzanna Dawson, of Granville, who will now serve on the Ohio Senate's Sergeant at Arms team.
COLUMBUS - Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today welcomed retired Lt. Suzanna “Suzie” Dawson of Granville to the Ohio Senate, where she will serve as Sergeant at Arms. Lt. Dawson is the first female officer to join the Senate’s Sergeant at Arms team, which provides security for members and staff of the Ohio Senate and the general public when they are visiting the Senate chamber, offices and committee rooms.

President Obhof was joined by Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) to administer the oath of office to Dawson. She joins three other members of the Sergeant at Arms team, which operates under the supervision of the Senate Clerk.

“I’m pleased to welcome Lt. Dawson to the Senate family,” said Obhof. “The Sergeant at Arms play an important role in keeping the Statehouse safe and accessible to Ohioans who are here to meet with their Senators and for all those who work here.”

“Suzie brings with her a distinguished career of public service,” added Hottinger. “Her hometown community in Granville greatly respects her, where she is known for her friendly service. We are excited to bring her leadership and expertise to the Ohio Senate.”

Dawson recently retired from the Granville Police Department after 28 years of service. She originally joined the department as a dispatcher and most recently held the position of sergeant. In July 2016, she became the department’s first female supervisor.

“It’s an honor to come work in the Statehouse, and I’m committed to ensuring that members, staff and visitors to the Ohio Senate feel welcome and safe while working and sharing their ideas on how to make Ohio an amazing place to live and work,” said Dawson.
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