Ned Pettus, Jr., Ph.D.

Special Advisor
Phone: (513) 861-5400

Ned Pettus, Jr., Ph.D., served most recently as Public Safety Director for the City of Columbus, Ohio, where he managed the operations and mission of the Divisions of Fire, Police and Support Services. His tenure included deployment of body-worn cameras;  installation of ShotSpotter Gunfire Detection System; establishment of a Civilian Review Board and an Office of Inspector General for the Division of Police; deployment of the Rapid Response Emergency Addiction and Crisis Team and  Specialized Program Providing Assessment, Resources and Connection. Ned served in the Columbus Division of Fire for 35 years, moving up through the ranks to the position of fire chief, which he held for a decade. Under his leadership, the Columbus Division of Fire received international accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation, International (CFAI) in March of 2007, and was reaccredited in August, 2012.

Ned was recognized as the 2009 Metropolitan Fire Chief of the Year award, and served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). He holds professional designations of Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and of the Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE). He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Public Safety and Cybersecurity Education at Franklin University, and as one of their two Executives in Residence.