Robert "Bobby" Fisher will be Hilliard's new deputy chief of police effective Jan. 3, 2012, the department announced recently.

Robert “Bobby” Fisher will be Hilliard’s new deputy chief of police effective Jan. 3, 2012, the department announced recently.

“You have one excited police chief here,” said Doug Francis. “I have been working without a second in command since February 2010.” That’s when Francis was hired by Hilliard.

Because of benefit payouts resulting from retirements in the department, the position has been vacant until now — even though it has been budgeted, Francis said.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Fisher said of his new position. “It sounds like I’ll have a lot of things to work on when I get started — some growth and change that will be going on within the department. I think it’s going to be a very great opportunity for me and my family as well.”

Fisher, 42, has worked for the city of Sharonville, Ohio, for 19 years as a police officer, DARE officer, sergeant and lieutenant. He currently serves as deputy safety services director there.

“Sharonville is a suburb of Cincinnati, and is very similar to Hilliard in makeup,” Fisher said. “Population-wise, Hilliard is a little larger, but Sharonville sits on the outer beltway around Cincinnati and faces a lot of the same struggles that Hilliard does, as well with growth and crime problems that the suburbs are challenged with. A lot of the things I’ve seen in the Cincinnati area will be familiar in Hilliard as well.”

Fisher graduated from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in 1991, was a police officer in Lebanon, Ohio, for three years. He is a veteran of the Coast Guard, served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and conducted search and rescue missions following Hurricane Katrina.

He is completing his master’s degree in justice administration through Tiffin University. Fisher is married and has two children.

“He’s a fantastic catch for the city,” Francis said of Fisher. “We’ve got a lot of challenges – when I first started, we had a chief, deputy chief and three lieutenants — a full command staff. Now we just have a chief and one lieutenant. We’re a deputy chief and two lieutenants down, so we’ve really been struggling for the last seven months managing the administrative workload as a result of all these retirements.”

Francis hopes to have a full command staff by the end of the first quarter of 2012.

Deputy Chief Fisher will be introduced to the Hilliard staff and community at an open-house from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, in the Joint Safety Services Building. He will be ceremonially sworn in at city council’s meeting at 7 p.m. that night.