The Ada Police Department has a staff of 11 full and part-time police officers who provide 24-hours per day safety and security services to the residents, students and visitors of Ada, Ohio.
Our officers are Ohio Peace Officer certified and are continually training to maintain a high degree of preparedness and professionalism. Our officers receive generalized and specialized training each year to keep up with the demanding challenges and changes of modern law enforcement services.
Chief Alec Cooper was appointed the position of Patrol Officer for the Village of Ada, after receiving his associates degree in criminal justice from Rhodes State University. Chief Cooper served the Village until 2016, where he left to serve the City of Delphos as a Patrol Sergeant. In 2023 Chief Cooper came back to the Village of Ada, and was appointed Chief of Police. Chief Cooper received the 2014 Ada Officer of the year. In 2023 Chief Cooper graduated from Police Executive Leadership College.
Chief Alec Cooper
Sergeant John Iten
Sergeant John Iten began his career with the Ada Police Department in February of 2016, coming from the Spencerville, Police Department after graduating from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. Sgt. Iten is an Army Veteran. Sgt. Iten was promoted to the rank of sergeant in January of 2022.
Sergeant Aaron Crawford began his career with the Ada Police Department in April of 2021 having recently served as a Sergeant and K9 officer with the McComb Police Department. Sgt. Crawford serves as our firearms instructor and taser instructor. Sgt. Crawford was promoted to the rank of sergeant in January of 2022.
Sergeant Aaron Crawford
Officer Michael Bollinger
Officer Mike Bollinger is a 21-year veteran of law enforcement having served the Village of Ada since 2000.. Ptl. Bollinger is a graduate of First Line Supervisor Training in 2002 and Supervisory Training and Education Program in 2010 and from Police Executive Leadership College in 2013. Ptl. Bollinger was our Employee of the Year in 2012 and again in 2023. Ptl. Bollinger is a Marine Corp Veteran.
Officer Andrew Peterman
Officer Andrew Peterman began his career with the Ada Police Department in April of 2013 having recently graduated from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. Ptl. Peterman received the Ada Police Department Employee of the Year in 2022 for his dedication to the department and thoroughness in his duties. Andrew serves as the departmental evidence and property custodian.
Officer Victoria Sturgill
Officer Victoria Sturgill began her career with the Ada Police Department in January of 2020, leaving in 2021, and returning in 2022. Ptl. Sturgill currently serves as one our third shift officers.
Officer Clayton Eichman
Officer Clayton Eichman began his career with the Ada Police Department in July of 2023. Prior to his employment with the village, Clayton attended James A. Rhodes State University. Clayton served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Allen County Sheriff's Office for almost 2 years before joining our department. Clayton is currently training to lead our investigative unit.
Officer Aaron Everhart began his career with the Ada Police Department in July of 2023. Prior to his employment with the village, Aaron graduated from Ada High School, later attending Ohio Northern University and James A. Rhodes State University. Aaron served as a Deputy Sheriff with the Allen County Sheriff's Office for 10 months before joining our department.
Officer Aaron Everhart
Officer Penny Keller-Clark
Officer Penny Keller-Clark began her career with the Ada Police Department in May of 1989 and is the longest serving officer on the department. Ptl. Clark was the Employee of the Year in 2007 and 2019, and the only part-time employee to receive this award. Ptl. Clark received the prestigious Chief's Award in 2023 for her outstanding work in regard to community relations.
Chief (r) Michael Harnishfeger
Michael Harnishfeger is a 37-year veteran of law enforcement having served over 28 years as a police chief in Ohio, beginning his appointment as Ada’s police chief in 2001 ending in 2023. Michael currently serves as a part time detective. Michael is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College in 1996, was designated as a Certified Law Enforcement Executive in 2001, graduated from the 235th Session of the FBI National Academy in 2008, and the Rural Executive Management Institute in 2011. Michael served as president of the OACP (Ohio Association of Chief's of Police) from October, 2010 to September, 2011. While president of the OACP, Michael lead the initiative in Ohio to mandate training for any new police chief; an act that was finally signed into law by Governor Kasich in 2017.
Officer Connor Frazier began his career with the Ada Police Department in July of 2023 having recently served as a Deputy Sheriff for the Allen County Sheriff's Office for 10 months. Connor graduated from the Ada High School prior to attending James A. Rhodes State University.
Officer Connor Frazier