Fambro will serve as the 19th superintendent of the patrol, making history Monday as he became the first African-American to hold the position. He succeeds the former superintendent, Col. Paul A. Pride, who led the agency since August 2013.
A 29-year veteran of the patrol, Fambro was promoted Monday by Thomas Stickrath, director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
Fambro joined the patrol in August 1989 as a cadet dispatcher assigned to the Lancaster post. He became a member of the 119th academy class in January 1990. Fambro received his commission in June of that year and was assigned to the Dayton post. In 1994, he was selected as post Trooper of the Year.
In 1997, Fambro was promoted to sergeant and transferred to Springfield to serve as an assistant post commander. In 2000, he was promoted to lieutenant and transferred to serve as the Lancaster post commander. In 2003, Fambro was selected to serve as the patrol spokesman in the public affairs unit.
Fambro was promoted to the rank of staff lieutenant in 2004. He then transferred to the office of logistics and security services. As a staff lieutenant, he also served as an assistant district commander at the Columbus district headquarters.
In 2010, Fambro was promoted to captain and transferred to the office of investigative services. As a captain, he also served in the offices of special operations and criminal investigations. In 2014, Fambro was promoted to the rank of major and transferred to the office of planning and finance. As a major, he also served in the personnel office. In 2018, he was promoted to the second-highest rank of lieutenant colonel and served as an assistant superintendent.
Fambro completed advance leadership training at Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and attended the U.S. Army War College. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Ohio Dominican University in 2004. He will complete his studies to obtain a master’s of science in management degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in May.