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Napoleon A. Bell II

Napoleon A. Bell II has a wealth of experience in law enforcement and community relations in local government and is currently Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

In his current role at the sheriff’s office, he works to facilitate a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace where all employees and volunteers feel valued and respected. He served the City of Columbus for 23 years. For 12 of those years, he was a patrol officer and later a community liaison officer for the Strategic Response Bureau within the Columbus Division of Police, where he received the Silver Cross Medal for Heroism. For 11 years he served as deputy director and then executive director of the City’s Community Relations Commission to oversee enforcement of the Civil Rights Code, New Americans Initiative and Community Police Relations. While with the City of Columbus, Bell established the Mid-East Area Collaborative and was a founding member of the Annual Neighborhood Best Practices Conference.

Bell currently serves on the Franklin County Youth Advisory Council, Big Brothers Big Sisters African American Advisory Council and youth mentor, past chair of Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services and current president of Central Ohio Crime Stoppers. He has also served on The Ohio State University’s (OSU) Diversity Outreach and Engagement Advisory Council, OSU Youth Violence Prevention Advisory Board, United Way Training Advisory Committee, and United Nations Association Board. He was also featured in Who’s Who in Black Columbus.

Bell received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Capital University. He is also a dedicated husband to wife Toni and father to Leah, Joe, Napoleon III and Chris.