Administrative Staff

Chief Terry A. Moisio

Chief Deputy Terry Moisio began his career with the Sheriff's Department in 1997 having previously worked as a Police Officer for the City of Conneaut, Ohio and City of Kettering, Ohio.

Chief Moisio earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Baldwin-Wallace University, and has served the department as a Road Patrol Deputy, Detective, and Road Division Sergeant.  Chief Moisio was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in July, 2005 and served as the Jail Administrator, then Detective Division Commander for the Sheriff’s Office before being promoted to Chief Deputy by Sheriff William Niemi.

Chief Moisio is the Project Director for the Crime Enforcement Agency of Ashtabula County (CEAAC);  member FBI-LEEDA; board member, Catholic Charities Board of Ashtabula County; member Lakeland Community College Law Enforcement Advisory Board, Kent (Ashtabula) Law Enforcement Advisory Board, member of the Ashtabula County Drug Free Community Coalition, SALT Leadership Team; and past member and Board President of the Ashtabula County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board.

Lt. James Kemmerle, Detective Division Commander

Lieutenant James E. Kemmerle began his law enforcement career as a patrolman with the Ashtabula Police Department in 1994 after earning his OPOTA certification and a degree in Criminal Justice from Lakeland Community College.  In 1996 he was awarded a Proclamation by City Council for saving the life of a teen who was drowning in the Ashtabula River, and he was named Officer of the Year in 1996 and again in 2002.  He became a K-9 handler with his partner Zeppelin in 2001.

In 2004, Lt. Kemmerle began his career with the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff, bringing K-9 Zeppelin with him.  Lt. Kemmerle was named Deputy of the Year in 2005 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the Uniform Division in 2006.  Also in 2006, Lt. Kemmerle retired K-9 Zeppelin and was certified as a K-9 handler with his new partner, Cain.  Zeppelin enjoyed retired life in the Kemmerle home until losing a battle with cancer in 2015.

In 2014, Lt. Kemmerle was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and placed in charge of the Corrections Division.  K-9 Cain was retired and enjoyed life with the Kemmerle family until succumbing to heart failure in 2017.

In his capacity as the corrections lieutenant, Lt. Kemmerle oversaw the daily operation of the Ashtabula County Jail, the Corrections Staff, and the Warrants and Transports Division.   He served as chairman of the Ashtabula County Community Corrections Planning Board, as a member of the Ashtabula County Safety Committee, Ashtabula County Drug Court Advisory Committee, the Ashtabula County Drug Court Collaboration Board, and the Ashtabula Municipal Court Recovery Court Board.  He worked closely with the Sheriff and the County Commissioners in developing a new county jail to address the changing needs of the community and the criminal justice system.

In 2021, Lt. Kemmerle was assigned to the detective bureau as the Detective Division Commander.  As such, he investigates criminal activity in the county, oversees the daily operations of the detective bureau, the evidence division, and the department’s members of the Crime Enforcement Agency of Ashtabula County.  He is a member of the Ashtabula County Drug Court Team, the Ashtabula County Local Emergency Planning Committee, and continues his work with the Sheriff and County Commissioners in the development of a new county jail.

When not at work, Lt. Kemmerle volunteers with Ashtabula County 4-H, conducting staff safety training and as a shooting sports advisor with Sheffield Target Masters.    He and his wife are also active in their church, serve as foster parents, volunteer with the Edgewood Warriors Marching Band, and are regularly seen supporting their four children in activities throughout the community.

Lt. Steven S. Murphy, Uniform Division Commander

Lieutenant Deputy Steven S. Murphy began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 2005, having previously worked as a police officer in the City of Conneaut and Geneva-on-the-Lake .

Lt. Murphy was born and raised in Geneva Township and graduated from Geneva High School. Lt. Murphy is very active in the community, volunteering in Geneva Little League, Geneva Soccer, Geneva Basketball, Geneva Football, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Fraternal Order of Police, as well as within his church community. Lt. Murphy is very active within the school systems in Ashtabula County and does several promotions, seminars, training, and presentations to our youth.

In 2004, Lt. Murphy attended the Cleveland Heights Police Academy, graduating with Honors. Lt. Murphy started his career in law enforcement with the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office as an Emergency 911 Operator and Dispatcher. At the same time, Lt. Murphy worked as a police officer for the Conneaut Police Department and Geneva-on-the-Lake Police Department.  In 2007, Lt. Murphy was hired as a full time Deputy, earning Deputy of the Year honor in 2015. In 2019, Lt. Murphy was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, where he held that position until 2021. In June 2021, he was promoted to the rank of Uniform Division Commander Lieutenant and a member of the Administrative Staff.

Lieutenant Steven Murphy continues to reside in Geneva with his wife and two kids.

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    Terry Moisio


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    James Kemmerle


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    Steven Murphy