Matt Lutz, Sheriff, Muskingum County, Ohio
For over 20 years, Sheriff Matt Lutz has protected the citizens of Muskingum County, Ohio. Joining the police force in 1989, Sheriff Lutz held positions in the Corrections Division and the Road Division before being promoted to the rank of patrol lieutenant in 1998. In November 2000, Sheriff Matt Lutz voluntarily gave up his lieutenant’s position to be assigned to the Detective Bureau’s Narcotics Unit, where he worked as an undercover officer, making drug buys and several felony arrests for drug trafficking and possession. Three years later, he transferred to the General Case Detective Bureau at the Sheriff’s Office. There he investigated a multitude of crimes including theft, robbery, financial crimes and homicides. In January 2006, Sheriff Matt Lutz was promoted to detective sergeant. In this position, he supervised the Narcotics Unit and assisted them on their drug investigations, and he investigated cases assigned to the General Case Detective Division. The following year, Sheriff Lutz decided to follow his desire to become the next sheriff of Muskingum County. In July 2007, he was appointed the new chief of police in South Zanesville and learned about the administration side of law enforcement. In March 2008, the citizens of Muskingum County elected Matt Lutz as their next sheriff. He assumed the position of acting sheriff in December 2008 when Sheriff Bob Stephenson retired, and in January 2009, began his tenure as elected sheriff of Muskingum County.