The Ada Police Department has a staff of 10 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 Michael Harnishfeger
Chief 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. Chief Harnishfeger 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. Chief Harnishfeger is active in the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and served as president of the OACP from October, 2010 to September, 2011. While president of the OACP, Chief Harnishfeger 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.
Sgt. John Iten
Sgt. John Iten began his career with the Ada Police Department in February of 2016, coming from the Spencerville, Ohio 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.
Sgt. Aaron Crawford began his career with the Ada Police Department in April of 2021 having recently served as a sergeant with the McComb Police Department. Sgt. Crawford has approximately 13 years of prior police service and is a firearms instructor as well as a previous K9 Handler. Sgt. Crawford was promoted to the rank of sergeant in January of 2022.
Sgt. Aaron Crawford
Ptl. Michael Bollinger
Ptl. 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. Ptl. Bollinger is a Marine Corp Veteran.
Ptl. Andrew Peterman
Ptl. Andrew Peterman began his career with the Ada Police Department in April of 2013 having recently graduated from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. Andrew serves as the departmental evidence and property custodian.
Ptl. Jason Snipes
Ptl. Jason Snipes began his career with the Ada Police Department in August of 2021 having graduated from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in 2020. Ptl. Snipes was previously employed with the Cridersville and Spencerville Police Departments.
Ptl. James Beltz
Ptl. James "Zac" Beltz began his career with the Ada Police Department in January of 2022 having graduated from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in 2021. Ptl. Beltz was previously employed with the Spencerville Police Department and served as a Volunteer Firefighters with the Ada/Liberty Township Fire Department.
Ptl. Courtland Fowler
Ptl. Courtland Fowler began his career with the Ada Police Department in November of 2018 having graduated from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in 2018. Ptl. Fowler was previously employed with the Perry Township Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff's Office. Ptl. Fowler is currently serving as our Detective in Training
Ptl. Penny Keller-Clark
Ptl. 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, and the only police officer to receive this honor 2 times.