Colonel Tim Gorrell, U.S. Army Retired, was appointed Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services by Governor John R. Kasich on October 4, 2013.
Immediately prior to his current appointment, he served as Deputy Inspector General for the State of Ohio. Prior to that, his final assignment, before his retirement from the Army following a 31-year career, was as the Command Inspector General for the Ohio National Guard.
Colonel Gorrell is a native of Toronto, Ohio and graduated from The University of Akron in 1981. Following a period of enlisted service, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the field artillery upon completion of officer candidate school in July 1982. He started his career with the 2-28th Field Artillery Battalion in Ansbach, Germany during the height of the Cold War as a battery fire direction officer. Following his tour of duty in Germany he was assigned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he commanded a One Station Unit Training (OSUT) Battery responsible for the basic and cannon crewman training of over 1,000 initial entry soldiers. Following that tour he served as a member of the staff and faculty at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School. Colonel Gorrell returned to Germany in the mid-90s, and while serving as the executive officer for the 2-3 Field Artillery Battalion, deployed with the initial NATO forces into Bosnia-Herzegovina during Operation Joint Endeavor. In 1997 he returned to his alma mater and served as the Professor of Military Science at the University of Akron. Later, he commanded the 280th Base Support Battalion in Schweinfurt, Germany a subordinate command of the 1st Infantry Division, the "Big Red One".
Throughout his military career he has served in a myriad of other staff positions worldwide to include the Pentagon, where he served as the Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Environment and in Kuwait, where he was assigned as Chief of Staff Forward for the Coalition Forces Land Component Command/Army Central Command/Third U.S. Army, "Patton’s Own", in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Colonel Gorrell received his undergraduate degree in Education from The University of Akron. He holds Masters Degrees in History and Strategic Studies from the University of Monmouth and the U.S. Army War College, respectively. 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. He earned the Parachutist badge and the Army Staff badge.
He and his wife Lisa are the parents of two daughters, Alexandra and Emma.