Former acting Dayton police chief and city manager dies

A former acting Dayton police chief and acting Dayton city manager died Saturday.

John Robert Thomas, 67, started with the Dayton Police Department in 1974, and over the course of his career served as a police major, acting police chief, director of public safety and acting city manager, according to his obituary. He later served as the assistant security director with the TSA.

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A walk-through visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kindred Funeral Home. Because of the coronavirus, the family is requesting everyone follow social distancing guidelines, his obituary says.

A memorial service will be held privately with the family.

Contributions may be made to the Dayton Police History Foundation (P.O. Box 293157, Dayton, Ohio 45429-9157) or by visiting Online condolences may be made to the family at

Thomas enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle, vacationing at Siesta Key, Fla., but most of all spending time with his family, the obituary says, and he is survived by his wife, children and other family.

He was a graduate of Northmont High School, attended Sinclair Community College and graduated from the FBI Academy. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

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