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For Immediate Release: May 29, 2015
Contact: Lt. Craig Cvetan (614) 752-2792

Public Safety Leadership Academy class graduates

COLUMBUS - The third Public Safety Leadership Academy class graduated 35 law enforcement leaders today after 11- weeks of accredited, college-level training through a partnership with The Ohio State University – John Glenn School of Public Affairs. The training was hosted at the Patrol’s Training Academy and was offered at no cost to local agencies.

During today’s ceremony, Lt. Colonel Kevin Teaford, assistant superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol provided remarks and Sheriff Russell Martin, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, addressed the graduates.

“Partnerships and collaboration between law enforcement agencies is the corner stone to making Ohio a safer place to live,” Lt. Colonel Teaford said. “You witnessed this firsthand by working together during this course and have already proven yourselves to be leaders among your agencies.”

Graduates received 10 semester hours of academic credit, along with a certificate in Senior Leadership through The Ohio State University – John Glenn School of Public Affairs. The specialized curriculum completed by the graduates was part of a carefully managed course with content in the areas of leadership and ethics; interpersonal and organizational communication; public management; organizational culture and ethics; human resources management; budgeting; and organizational behavior in law enforcement.

In addition, graduates also attended enrichment discussions, which were executive level development seminars presented by distinguished speakers, on such topics as leadership lessons learned while under adverse conditions, inspiration and courage, and stress management.

“Investing in Ohio’s future leaders is critical to the safety and security of our state,” said Director John Born, Ohio Department of Public Safety. “The Public Safety Leadership Academy is an investment in Ohio’s law enforcement leaders so they may go forward in their careers and continue to lead others.”

Graduates spent a week in Washington D.C. attending the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum law enforcement course, learning about various leadership styles from Marine Corp Base instructors, and visiting other important sites that helped shape our Nation’s leaders. 


As part of a community outreach effort, graduates spent time volunteering with Lower Lights Ministries, Community Shelter, Ronald McDonald House, and Mid-Ohio Foodbank. At Mid- Ohio Foodbank the group worked in the pantry and stocked food. At the Community Shelter and Lower Lights the group served food to residents at the shelter. At the Ronald McDonald House the group cleaned resident’s rooms and made beds. 

Editor’s Note: Class Roster Attached

Graduate Name                                              Department
AAIC Robert Anderson                                      Ohio Investigative Unit  
Lieutenant Clint Arnold                                      Ohio State Highway Patrol
Sergeant Bradley Balonier                                   Greene County Sheriff’s Office
Lieutenant John Bishop                                       Lima Police Dept.
Lieutenant William Bowers                                  Ohio State Highway Patrol
Sergeant James Combs                                        Greene County Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant Ronald Cravens                        Wilmington Police Dept.
Lieutenant Vincent Donald                                  Perkins Township Police Dept.
Lieutenant Andrew Eing                                      Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant Christopher Emmelhainz                        Grove City Police Dept.
Lieutenant Jospeh Fetty                                      Ohio State Highway Patrol
Lieutenant Mark Gardner                        Columbus Division of Police
Lieutenant Karen Garewal                                   Ohio State Highway Patrol
Chief Deputy James Gilbert                                 Franklin County Sheriff’s Office
Lieutenant Eric Graybill                                      Sandusky Police Dept.
Captain Steven Guldeman                                    Cuyahoga Falls Police Dept.
Lieutenant Molly Harris                                      Ohio State Highway Patrol
Lieutenant Richard Herring                                 Bellefontaine Police Dept.
Lieutenant Richard Herzog                                  Wyoming Police Dept.
*Lieutenant Mitchell Houser                                Euclid Police Dept.
Lieutenant Kevin Kelly                                        Euclid Police Dept.
Sergeant Timothy Kohanski                                 Shaker Heights Police Dept.
Lieutenant Mark Leach                                        Ohio State Highway Patrol
Sergeant Scott Marcum                                       Medina Police Dept.
Commander Robert Meader                                 Columbus Division of Police
Chief of Police Clinton Patterson             Gallipolis Police Dept.
Chief Eugene Rice                                              Spencer Police Dept.
Sergeant Brian Spoon                                         Westerville Police Dept.
Captain Chris Stratton                                        Clermont County Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant Chris Stutes                                         Xenia Police Division
Captain Anthony Traska                                      Cleveland State University Police Dept.
Lieutenant Michael Vinson                                  Ohio State Highway Patrol
Sergeant Chad Wallace                                        Pickerington Police Dept.
Chief Matthew Wertz                                          Russellville Police Dept.
Sergeant Justin White                                         Bowling Green Police Dept.
* Denotes Class Speaker


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