Chief Travis Colonius, # 1503 E-Mail
Chief Travis Colonius previously served with the Sheriff's Office from 1996 until 2019. He has held the positions of Lieutenant, Corrections Officer, Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Jail Administrator. Chief Colonius also served as the leader for the Sheriff's Hostage Negotiation Team. While at the Sheriff’s office he was also assigned to supervise Patrol and Operations.
Prior to joining the Sheriff's Office, Chief Colonius was employed by the West Virginia Department of Public Safety and Military Affairs. He also served for seven years in the Ohio Army National Guard as a Cavalry Scout, attaining the rank of sergeant.
Chief Colonius holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University and a Master of Science degree from Mountain State University in Beckley, West Virginia. He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.
His Hobbies are backpacking and Brazilian Jin-Jitsu.
Sgt. Shari Mangel, # 1507 E-Mail
Sgt. Mangel began her career with the Medina Township Police Department in 1997 after graduating the police academy. She has held the position of Sergeant since 1999 and has specialized training in drug interdiction and identification, investigation and interrogation techniques, advanced traffic stop techniques, dealing with the mentally ill and numerous other fields. She has served as a field training officer and has helped with the training of new recruits in the academy.
Sgt. Mangel is a high school graduate of Villa Angela – St. Joseph in Cleveland, Ohio and holds an associate’s degree in applied business from Bryant and Stratton Business institute. Her interests include reading, photography and animals and she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Sgt. Todd A. Zieja, #1508 E-Mail
Sgt. Zieja joined the Medina Township Police Department in 1994, he was promoted to Sergeant in 1997 and he was hired as the first full time officer in January 2000. He graduated from Cloverleaf High School while attending the Law Enforcement Program at the Medina County Career Center. After he completed the Basic Peace Officer Academy Training at Cuyahoga Community College, he returned as an instructor for the academy. Sgt. Zieja holds an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science / Criminal Justice as well as a Master’s Degree in Public administration from the University of Akron. He completed the Police Executive Leadership College in 2007, which is an intense course for today’s leaders. He holds numerous certifications in many areas.
Officer Nick Miltner. #1510 E-Mail
Officer Miltner joined the Medina Township Police Department in March of 2017. Officer Miltner comes to the Medina Township Police Department from the Burton Police Department, where he began his career in law enforcement in March of 2015. Officer Miltner is a graduate of Lakeland Community College, where he earned his associates degree in criminal justice. Upon completion of his degree, he enrolled in the Lakeland Police Academy, graduating in December 2014. Officer Miltner looks forward to a long, successful career serving with the Medina Township Police Department. While not on patrol, Officer Miltner enjoys spending time with family and friends and working out.
Officer Michael Oyler, #1511 E-Mail
Officer Oyler joined the Medina Township Police Department in November of 2006, bringing with him over ten years of experience. He began his career as a Police Officer in 1996 with the Dalton Police Department in Wayne County. He is also a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal assigned to the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force. He is the department’s investigator for identity theft, domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse cases, and is a member of the Medina County Domestic & Sexual Violence Taskforce. He has specialized training in Drug Facilitated Sexual Assaults, Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques and Crisis Intervention to name a few. Upon Graduating from the Canal Fulton Northwest High School in 1992, he attended Kent State University, studying criminal justice and is a veteran of the Ohio Army National Guard. Officer Oyler obtained his student pilot certification and enjoys flying in his spare time. He and his wife have two children.
Officer Hallie Beardsworth, #1514 E-Mail
Officer Beardsworth joined the Medina Township Police Department in January 2012. She began her law enforcement career interning with the Toledo Police Department in the summer of 2008. She attended Bowling Green State University and graduated in December 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She earned her OPOTA certification from the Medina County Police Academy in June 2011 and graduated with perfect attendance. She has over ten years of experience working with the developmentally delayed and special needs population. Officer Beardsworth holds certifications in Sexual Assault Investigations, Basic Drug and Undercover Investigations, Interacting with and De-Escalating the Special Needs Population, and Domestic Violence. She is proud to be part of the MTPD and looks forward to a successful career serving and protecting the citizens of Medina Township.
Officer Justin Harvey, #1515 E-Mail
Officer Harvey joined the Medina Township Police Department in January 2012. He graduated from Medina High School in 2006 and enlisted in the Ohio Air National Guard where he served as a member of its Military Police. Ofc. Harvey attended The University of Akron earning an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. In February of 2010 he graduated at the top of his class with his OPOTA certification from the Medina County Career Center. Ofc. Harvey started his lawenforcement career in December 2010 as a Reserve Officer for the Village of New London in Huron County. Being born and raised in Medina, Ofc. Harvey is proud to serve and protect the citizens of Medina Township.
Officer Matt Ventura, #1516 E-Mail
Officer Ventura joined the Medina Township Police Department in April of 2001. Prior to being hired he was an auxiliary officer with the City of Mayfield Heights. He also worked at the corporate headquarters of Sherwin-Williams in Cleveland, Ohio and the Manufacturing Plant in Morrow Georgia as a buyer for the company.
Officer Ventura graduated from Strongsville Senior High School in 1989 and then he attended Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College and Cuyahoga Joint Vocational School for his EMT certification. He completed the Basic Police Academy in 2000 from Cuyahoga Community College with top honors. Officer Ventura has certifications and training in the Advanced Detection and Apprehension of Intoxicated drivers, dealing with the Mentally Ill, and Interview and Interrogation methods to name a few.
Officer Morley Brenenstuhl. #1517 E-Mail
Officer Brenenstuhl was sworn in to the Medina Township Police Department in February, 2017. He received an education at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), studying film and Law Enforcement. He completed his Associates Degree in Law Enforcement in 2013. He continued studying Criminal Justice at Baldwin Wallace University where he worked for their security department as a student auxiliary and dispatcher. In September 2015, Officer Brenenstuhl graduated from the Tri-C Police Academy (Graduating Class BAS15-025). Following the Police Academy, he was employed as a Security Officer at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland, and later as a Police Officer for the Cleveland Clinic Police Department. Officer Brenenstuhl brings with him experience from media production, customer service, security, and hospital Policing.
Officer Jake Getto. #1518 E-Mail
Officer Getto joined the Medina Township Police Department in May of 2019. He grew up in Medina City and graduated from Medina High School in 2009. He completed the Polaris Police Academy in May of 2018 and was Salutatorian of his class. He carried perfect attendance through the nine months of the Academy. He previously worked part time for one year at Montville Township Police Department. Officer Getto grew up around law enforcement and knew it was always something he wanted to do. Officer Getto enjoys hunting, being outdoors and spending time with his wife and two boys. He also enjoys working on cars with his brother and good friends. He looks forward to having a long, successful career at Medina Township Police Department.
Officer Cliff Nicholson Jr., #1519 E-Mail
Officer Nicholson joined MTPD in 2004. Before that he attended BGSU and graduated from the Toledo Police Academy at Owens College in 2001. While in the Academy he worked as an on-campus Security Officer & a part-time Police Officer in Sandusky Co. As an Officer with MTPD Officer Nicholson has earned opportunities and certifications as the Departments FTO (Field Training Officer), Glock & AR15 Armorer, Taser Instructor & member of the Medina Co. SWAT. Since 2013 he continues to be involved in the PAL (Police Athlete League) program at Fenn Elementary. As of 2013 he holds an oath with the Medina Co. OVI Task Force & Criminal Interdiction. Since 2002 he has held a part-time position in private security for a local corporation. Officer Nicholson was nominated as MTPD Traffic Enforcement of the Year 2004-2015 and will continue to protect and serve the growing community of Medina Township.
Sue Galaska, Receptionist (Part-time, Monday – Friday 9am - 2pm) E-Mail
Sue is originally from Cleveland but moved to Florida when she was 10 and spent most of her life living in South Florida (Fort Lauderdale area). She moved back “home” a few years ago. She has 25 years of experience at a major South Florida Law Firm where she was Operations Administrator and the Assistant to the Chief Operations Officer prior to relocating and she also assisted the President and Vice President with all aspects of operations of the Law Firm. She has family and friends in Law Enforcement both in South Florida and here in Ohio.
Yvonne Rodman-Sopata, Receptionist/Clerk - (Part-time, Monday – Friday 1pm-6pm) E-Mail
Yvonne is a Clerk/Receptionist for The Medina Township Police Department, as well as an Administrative Assistant for the Medina Township Trustees at Town Hall. She was born in Cleveland, raised in the Lodi/Homerville area, and completed a Bachelor of Science degree at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. Yvonne lived and worked in Phoenix, AZ after graduation before moving back to Ohio. Yvonne’s previous work experience is diverse, including many years in the horse industry as a trainer, riding instructor, and eventually a business owner. She also has extensive experience in customer service and receptionist roles. Yvonne recently began pursuing her interest in police work, and she is grateful for the opportunity to serve the police department and her community.