Distinguished Alumni 2015
In 2015, after a two-year break, a new Distinguished Alumnus was honored at a December banquet prepared by Scarlet Oaks Culinary students.
A lifelong resident of Hamilton County, Sheriff Jim Neil is a second-generation law-enforcement officer. He graduated from Western Hills High School and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. In 1981, he joined the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and rose through the ranks.
In 1983, he graduated from the Great Oaks Police Academy, which he continues to support.
He has also earned advanced degrees at the University of Cincinnati and Northwestern University.
In his 30 years with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, he has earned many honors including the National Sheriff’s Association’s Medal of Valor and the Sheriff’s Association’s Medal of Honor.