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Tom Miller
Sheriff

Sheriff Tom Miller was elected on November 6, 2012 and officially took office on January 7, 2013. Prior to that, he attained the position of Chief Deputy of the Medina County Sheriff's Office in 1997. He held that position until January of 2007 when he accepted the position of Director of Protective Services at MetroHealth System. He resigned his position at MetroHealth System to return to the Medina County Sheriff's Office as Chief Deputy in October of 2011.

Sheriff Miller began his law enforcement career in 1974 as a patrolman for the Brunswick Police Department. He served the department for 16 years and while reaching the rank of Lieutenant, he became an Ohio certified special education teacher, serving severe behavior handicapped children for five years in the Brunswick City School District. Sheriff Miller also aided the Brunswick schools by serving as a Crisis Prevention Specialist.

Sheriff Tom Miller has held the positions of Director of Protective Services for St. Luke’s Medical Center in Cleveland, President of the Ohio Hospital Healthcare Safety and Security Association, Chairperson and board member of the Medina County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board (ADAMH), Chairperson of the Medina County Drug Task Force Operating Board, Board Member of Leadership Medina County, and Housing Panel Chair of the United Way of Medina County. He also was elected to Brunswick City Council from 1992 until 2003 and served on the Brunswick Civil Service Commission from 2003 until 2009. Sheriff Miller has also served on the Law Enforcement Advisory Panel of Cuyahoga Community College and Bryant & Stratton College.

 

 

 

Kenneth Baca
Captain
Captain Kenneth Baca has served the Sheriff's Office since 1974.  He has worked nineteen years as a Detective; five of those years as a supervisor.  In 1997 he was moved to the Corrections Division where he became the Jail Administrator.  It was under his tutelage that the Medina County Jail became accredited through the Ohio Bureau of Adult Detention.

In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and made Field Operations Commander, overseeing the law enforcement units of the Sheriff's Office.  In November of 2004, he was moved to Planning and Research as part of the CALEA accreditation process.

In 2007, Captain Baca was promoted to Chief Deputy where he served until June of 2011, when he retired.  In July of 2013, Captain Baca returned to the Sheriff's Office where he currently serves as the Administrative Captain.

Captain Baca served in The United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam era.  He is a 1996 graduate of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute.  He makes his home in Medina with his wife, Sue, and their two children.

 

 

 

 
David Centner
Captain
Captain David Centner  is a 28 year veteran of law enforcement.  He began his career with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office in 1985 serving  as a patrol deputy, patrol sergeant, and lieutenant.  He joined the  City of North Royalton Police Department in 1997.  In July of 2013 he retired as a patrol sergeant and returned to the Sheriff's Office where he currently serves as the Operations Captain.  Captain Centner holds a Masters of Business Administration/Leadership from Tiffin University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix.  He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session #259, Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command #97, the Ohio Chiefs of Police Association  Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) #54, and the 2013 class of Leadership Medina County.

Captain Centner is a life-long resident of Medina County, growing up in Brunswick where he graduated from Brunswick High School in 1980.  He now resides in Sharon Township with his wife Sharon.  They have five children and eight grandchildren.  Besides enjoying time with their family, travelling, and riding their motorcycle, Captain Centner and Sharon sit on several non-profit boards and are active in our community

 

 

 

 
Travis Colonius
Lieutenant
Lieutenant Colonius has served the Sheriff's Office since 1996.  He has held the positions of Corrections Officer, Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Jail Administrator.  Lieutenant Colonius also serves as the leader for the Sheriff's Hostage Negotiation Team.  He is currently assigned to supervise and assist Captain Centner with Patrol and Field Operations.

Prior to joining the Sheriff's Office, Lt. Colonius was employed by the West Virginia Department of Public Safety and Military Affairs.  He also served for seven years in the Ohio Army National Guard as a Cavalry Scout, attaining the rank of sergeant.

Lt. Colonius holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University and a Master of Science degree from Mountain State University in Beckley, West Virginia.  He is also a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

 

 
Dean Lesak
Lieutenant
Lieutenant Lesak has served the Sheriff's Office since 1997.  He has held the positions of Corrections Officer, Deputy, Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. He has served as a Corrections Field Training Officer, member of the SWAT team, Assistant Jail Administrator, Administrative Commander of the Jail, and Administrative Services Commander.  He is currently assigned as the Jail Administrator.

Lieutenant Lesak has served in the United States Marine Corps and is a veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) and of Leadership Medina County.

Lieutenant Lesak resides in Medina County and is actively involved in our community. He currently is serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Alternative Paths. He assists with coaching little league sports and has previously served on the Medina County Coalition for Suicide Prevention. He enjoys physical fitness that includes weight lifting and running marathons.

 

 

 

 
Matthew Linscott
Lieutenant
Lieutenant Linscott has served the Sheriff's Office since 1997. He has held the positions of Corrections Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Jail Administration Commander, and Field Operations Commander. He has served as the Training Coordinator, Lead Firearms Instructor, Taser Instructor and is a certified Critical Incident Instructor.

Lieutenant Linscott graduated from the Hocking College Law Enforcement Academy in 1983 and began his career employed by the State of Ohio, Department of Corrections. While being employed there for eleven years, he attained the rank of Captain.

Lieutenant Linscott is currently assigned to supervise the Courthouse Services Unit.

 
   
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