Chief David L. Arbogast, #1503 E-Mail
Chief Arbogast joined the Medina Township Police Department in November of 2002. Prior to his appointment as Chief he served as Chief of Richfield Township. He has worked in Law Enforcement since 1977. He holds a master degree in Public Administration, A bachelor’s of Science in Technical Education and as Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Akron. He is also licensed as a school administrator.
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 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 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.
Officer Jesse Bynum, #1518 E-Mail
Officer Bynum joined the Medina Township Police Department in December 2009, bringing with him over nine years of experience. He began his career in 2001 with the Grafton Police Department, where he also currently works. He graduated from Midview High School in 2000 and recently completed his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice Police Science at Lorain County Community College. He was class President while attending Medina County Career Center for the police academy. Officer Bynum is currently the President of the Grafton Police Benevolent Association and a member of both the FOP and OPBA.
Officer Travis McCourt #1520 E-Mail
Officer McCourt joined the Medina Twp. P.D. in 2015 as a part time Police Officer. He currently holds a full time position with the Attorney General’s Office as a Law Enforcement Training Officer. Officer McCourt brings with him over 15 years of Law Enforcement experience.
Sue Galaska, Receptionist (Part-time, Monday – Friday 9am - 2pm)
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.