Zach Scott - Columbus State Community College 50th Anniversary

When Zach Scott began attending Columbus State Community College, he was intent on becoming a respiratory therapist.

Although he earned his associate degree in Respiratory Therapy and Multi-Competency Health, he ultimately was drawn to law enforcement to fulfill his passion for helping others. It proved to be a wise choice that led him to become Franklin County's 52nd Sheriff.

"Columbus State helped me complete my basic educational foundation and exposed me to a couple of career paths without having to spend a large amount of money and time," Scott says. "I didn't work long in the (respiratory therapy) field, but the training and education I received from Columbus State were easily transferred to a four-year institution where I finished my bachelor's degree."

Scott went on to earn his bachelor's degree in organizational leadership and business administration from Franklin University. He has been a member of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office since 1985, serving in corrections, patrol, undercover, narcotics and vice, SWAT, detective bureau, property crimes, homicide and community relations.

In July of 2011, Scott was appointed to serve out the term of Sheriff Jim Karnes, who died of cancer while in office. He was elected to a full term by the voters of Franklin County in 2012.

Scott has been the recipient of numerous awards, including; Buckeye State Sheriff's Association Deputy of the Year and Medal of Valor, Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year, Medals of Honor and Valor from the National Sheriff's Association, and the Distinguished Service Award and Purple Heart from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Images: A Year in the Life of Columbus State