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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 34-year veteran of law enforcement having served over 25 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. Michael Bollinger

Sgt. Mike Bollinger is a 18-year veteran of law enforcement having served the Village of Ada since 2000 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2002.  Sgt. 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. Sgt. Bollinger was our Employee of the Year in 2012.  Sgt.Bollinger currently works the evening shifts as a supervisor.

Sgt. Donnie Deckling

Sgt. Donnie Deckling is a 22-year veteran of law enforcement having served the Village of Ada since 2001 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2005.  Sgt. Deckling currently works the day shift as a supervisor.  Sgt. Deckling was selected as our officer of the year in 2004.  Sgt. Deckling is a graduate of the Supervisory Training and Education Program in 2012 and Police Executive Leadership College in 2016.

Sgt. Matt Purdy

Sgt. Matt Purdy is a 17-year veteran of law enforcement having served the Village of Ada since 2001. Sgt. Purdy was promoted in September of 2015 to his current rank. Sgt. Purdy was selected as our Officer of the Year for 2003 and again in 2017 with his K9 Partner at the time K9 Jaeger.  Sgt. Purdy has been decorated with a number of departmental citations and awards.

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. John Iten

Ptl. 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.

Det. George Schlub

Det. George Schlub began his career with the Ada Police Department in July of 2017 and currently serves as our full-time detective.  Ptl. Schlub previously served with the Kenton Police Department as well as the Forest Police Department.

Ptl. Courtland Fowler began her position as an Ada Police Officer in November of 2018 having graduated from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in 2018. 

Ptl. Courtland Fowler

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 the only part-time employee to receive this award.

K9 Oakley

K9 Oakley began her service to the Ada Police Department in October of 2017.  K9 Oakley is a a state certified K9 partnered with her handler Sgt. Matt Purdy.  K9 Oakley is certified for both narcotics and patrol.  K9 Oakley is well-known within the area as an excellent narcotics dog.