Deer Park Community City School District is pleased to announce the addition of two new School Security Officers—one at Amity Elementary and one at Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School. Beginning with the start of this school year, Jim Wergers and Joe Schlie have assumed duties at the schools. Both are retired police officers with a combined 70-plus years of police officer experience. They will work collaboratively with the Deer Park Police Department to keep our buildings safe and secure at all times.
Jim Wergers – Amity Elementary
Jim Wergers joins Deer Park Schools following 23 years with the Delhi Township Police Department. Wergers began his career with the Delhi Township PD in 1994, serving as a detective from 1998 until 2004, and was an assistant shift commander from 2006-2008. In 2008, he became a shift commander until his retirement in 2017. During this time, he was charged with the training and supervision of officers assigned to his command.
In 2003, Wergers was awarded a Purple Heart Award. He has also been awarded a Life Saving Award in 2006, and Officer of the Month by the Cincinnati Citizens Police Association in 2003.
Prior to his time with the Delhi Township PD, Wergers was a shift supervisor for the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts from 1982 until 1994. He received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and an Associate of Technical Study in Law Enforcement from Cincinnati State.
Joe Schlie – Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School
Joe Schlie joins Deer Park Schools following a nearly 37 year career in law enforcement. Most recently, Schlie has served as a Police Officer for the City of Deer Park Police Department since 2013. This was his second stint with DPPD, also serving as a patrolman from 1981 to 1994. During his time with Deer Park PD, Schlie was also a security officer with Ohio National Financial Services.
From 1994 until 2013, Schlie served as a Police Officer for the City of Blue Ash Police Department, including time in the Detectives section—investigating narcotic, robberies and burglaries. Schlie began his career in law enforcement as a patrolman for the University of Cincinnati Police Department in 1980
Schlie has several certificates from the Metropolitan Police Institute in Miami, Fla., including Crime Scene Investigation and Latent Fingerprint Recovery. He received a certification in Technical Surveillance Sciences from the University of North Florida in 1997. Schlie also completed his basic police officer training program from the Great Oaks Police Academy in 1981.