Jason K. Landers is a lifelong resident of Paulding County. Jason is married to the former Jayme Hughes of Antwerp, and they have two sons, Jayvin & Jagger.
Jason is the son of Marsha Landers of Hamilton, Indiana, and Sonja and the late Terrill Landers of Paulding.
Jason is a 1994 graduate of Paulding High School where he was a member of the basketball team. After high school, he attended Edison State College where he studied Law Enforcement, and was a member of the Edison Charger basketball team.
After college, Jason worked for a local construction company while attending the Paulding Basic Police Academy. He was commissioned as a Police Officer in Paulding in 1996, and began working as a Corrections Officer in the county jail in 1997. Also in 1997, Jason began his career as a Road Deputy for the Sheriff’s Office. In 2006, he was promoted to Road Patrol Captain to supervise road patrol operations. He graduated from the Police Executive Leadership College of Ohio in 2008. Jason was elected to the Office of Sheriff in 2012. He is the 39th Sheriff to serve this county since 1837.
In February, 2013, Jason successfully completed three weeks of mandatory training approved by the Ohio Police Officers Training Commission, which is required by Ohio law after being elected to the Office of Sheriff.
In April, 2015, he was one of 30 sheriffs across the nation selected to attend the 107th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute in Aurora, Colorado. Jason completed 65 hours of executive level management education and training, which was completely funded by the National Corrections Institute.
Jason is serving his tenth year on the Board of Directors for the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association (BSSA). He is currently Second Vice-President under the leadership of 2023 President Malcum “Jamie” Patton, Union County Sheriff.