Chief John W. Minek, #  1503   E-Mailcreate new email

Chief Minek has over 40 years of law enforcement experience.  Chief Minek has served in the United States Army Military Police, Houston Police Department and the Olmsted Township Police Department where he retired as a Chief of Police in 2016. Chief Minek attended the F.B.I. National Academy and University of Virginia in 2004. Chief Minek is a state certified Advanced Crisis Negotiator and Firearms Instructor. He holds numerous certifications in leadership and management, investigations, behavioral science, internal investigations, pursuits, civil rights, law, media, and public speaking. Chief Minek has received numerous commendations, proclamations, and a life saving award during his law enforcement career.

Chief Minek is originally from North Olmsted, Ohio, and is an avid golfer. He enjoys traveling, camping, fishing, and spending time with his family and three grandchildren. Chief Minek has been a resident of Medina since 2016, and is honored to serve as Chief of Police for the Medina Township Police Department.

Lt. Todd A. Zieja, #1504  E-Mailcreate new email

Lt. Zieja Joined the Medina Township Police Department in 1994, he was promoted to Sergeant in 1997 and to Lieutenant in 2021.  He graduated from Cloverleaf High School while attending the Law Enforcement Program at the Medina County Career Center.  After completing the Basic Peace Officer Training Academy he later returned as an instructor for Cuyahoga Community College as well as the Basic Academy for the Medina County Career Center.  Lt. Zieja earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Akron.  Lt. Zieja completed the Police Executive Leadership College as well as the Public Safety Leadership Academy. He has maintained Certification as a Certified Law Enforcement Executive.  He holds numerous certifications in many areas.

Sgt. Shari Mangel, # 1507  E-Mailcreate new email

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.

Officer Nick Miltner. #1510   E-Mailcreate new email

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-Mailcreate new email

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 Shawna Clark, #1512  E-Mailcreate new email

Officer Clark joined the Medina Township Police Department in July of 2022. Before that, she attended The Ohio State University and graduated with an Associates Degree in General Business in 2018. Officer Clark completed the Medina County Career Center Basic Police Academy in June of 2021. Shortly after graduating, she began her career at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in , starting in corrections as a deputy and eventually moving to the road division. Ofc. Clark is proud to be part of the team and is looking forward long successful career at Medina Township!

Officer Matthew O’Donnell , #1513  E-Mailcreate new email

Officer O’Donnell joined the Medina Township Police Department in December of 2021. He graduated from Medina High School in 2002. Officer O’Donnell enlisted in the United States Marine Corps right after high school where he worked on parachutes, oxygen regulators and life rafts as an Aviation Life Support Technician. He also was a Primary Marksman Instructor for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Officer O’Donnell enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard in Medina, Ohio as a Diesel Generator Mechanic and Marksman Instructor in 2008. Officer O’Donnell received an Associates Degree in Applied Science from Vatterott in 2012. He was an owner of a home remodeling company that started out of his garage for the next 9 years. In July of 2021 he graduated with his OPOTA certificate from the Medina County Career Center where he received the Commander's Choice Award. Officer O'Donnell began his law enforcement career at Grafton Police Department as an Auxiliary Officer in April of 2021, then was hired as a part-time Patrolman in October of 2021. Officer O’Donnell was raised in Medina City, Montville Township and Medina Township, and is excited about serving the community.

Officer Hallie Beardsworth, #1514  E-Mailcreate new email

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-Mailcreate new email

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-Mailcreate new email

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-Mailcreate new email

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-Mailcreate new email

Sue started with MTPD in 2015. She 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” in 2013. 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 and was the Office Manager for a number of years in the Firms West Palm Beach Office. She has family and friends in Law Enforcement both in South Florida (Her brother is Chief of Police in Margate) and numerous cousins and friends here in Ohio.