David Hunt serves as Chief of the Enforcement Division which provides administrative and criminal investigative support for all the regulatory divisions of Agriculture. He began his ODA career in 2013 as an Enforcement Agent and was appointed Chief in December 2017.
Prior to joining ODA, David served with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Columbus for over 31 years. His last 21 years were as a detective then supervisor in the Special Investigations Unit conducting/supervising undercover vice, narcotics, and animal fighting investigations. From 1996 to 2001, David was detailed full-time to the F.B.I. Organized Crime and Safe Streets Task Forces in Columbus.
David is an internationally renowned expert on illegal animal fighting having been recognized by the ASPCA, Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association, Ohio Attorney General, Ohio Senate President, and U.S. Attorney’s Office. He has lectured in 31 states on the topic and testified in 2006 before the U.S. Congress in support of the current federal animal fighting venture prohibition act. David has been interviewed by numerous national media outlets including USA Today, New York Times, CNN, ESPN, HBO, National Geographic and Animal Planet networks.