Today Gov. John R. Kasich announced that Col. Tim Gorrell (US Army, retired) will lead the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, taking office Nov. 1. Gorrell currently serves as Deputy Inspector General for the State of Ohio and replaces Col. Tom Moe, who announced his retirement in July.
"I’m grateful to Col. Gorrell for taking on this important assignment. Ohio veterans deserve someone of his distinction fighting for them, to make sure they get the services our country owes them as well as to provide them the support they need to succeed in the civilian workforce,” said Kasich. “I’m also grateful to Assistant Director Jason Dominguez for his service as interim director during this time of transition," said Kasich.
Gorrell began his military career in 1982 when he was commissioned a second lieutenant in field artillery. His military service has taken him to Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kuwait, where he served as chief of staff for the U.S. Third Army. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, and the Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters. Prior to his current position as Deputy Inspector General, Gorrell served as the Command Inspector General of the Ohio National Guard.
A graduate of the University of Akron, Gorrell returned to his alma mater in 1997 where he served as Professor of Military Science. He holds master’s degrees from the University of Monmouth and the US Army War College.