Submitted by VILLAGE OF OAK HARBOR
Oak Harbor is pleased to announce that Sgt. Eric Parker, a native of the village, has been promoted to Police Chief. The new Chief was appointed by Mayor Quinton Babcock and approved by the Oak Harbor Village Council at the Aug. 5 meeting. Chief Parker was subsequently sworn in on Aug. 23, following the retirement of Chief Steven Weirich, who served as Oak Harbor Police Chief for 17 years.
“Although Chief Weirich leaves some very big shoes to fill, we are confident that the shoes will wear well on Chief Eric Parker. To see the torch passed to another lifelong resident and Oak Harbor Police Officer makes me optimistic for the future” said Babcock.
Chief Parker brings very valuable experience to the position as he has been with the
OHPD for twenty years, rising through the ranks to Sergeant and now Chief. “Working as a policeman in Oak Harbor is unique,” said Parker. “My wife and I loved growing up here and living here. The Village receives many compliments from people who are passing through, and we take great pride in hearing that.”
Chief Parker and his wife, Michele, were high school sweethearts. Parker served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including many overseas assignments that include the Persian Gulf and a total of 13 countries.
Oak Harbor is growing, with new businesses and the beautiful Portage River in its midst
with a wealth of recreational activities.
“I’ve learned to truly appreciate the need to work with the community and businesses and want to let everyone know we’re still going to be very accessible. I look forward to serving the department with the honor the community deserves and expects,” said Parker.