Administrative Staff

Chief Deputy Ronald R. Fenton

Chief Deputy Ronald R. Fenton started his career in 1975 when he was hired as a dispatcher for the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Department where he has been for his entire career. In 1976 Chief Fenton was reassigned to the department's Uniform Division as a Deputy Sheriff in the department's Ambulance Division. In 1978 he was accepted into the department's Special Weapon's Team where he has been a member reaching the position of Co-Commander.

In 1981 he was promoted to Sergeant in the Patrol Division and in 1983 assigned as the departments training officer and basic police academy. Some of his other duties with the department are Firearm Instructor, Defensive Driving Instructor and Firearms Instructor for the Kent State University Corrections Academy.

In 2006 Chief Fenton retired and worked as an Instructor Trainer for Combined Tactical Systems in Pennsylvania instructing less lethal, chemical munitions and pepper spray.

In 2007 Chief Fenton was brought back to the department as its Chief Deputy. In this role, he oversees the daily operations of the Civil Department as well as the Dispatch Center.

Chief Fenton serves on the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center Governance Board, the Regional Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program Advisory Group, 911 Advisory Board, Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Northern Border Initiative Board.

Lt. Terry A. Moisio, Detective Commander

Lieutenant 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. Lt. Moisio earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1985 and has served the department as a Road Patrol Deputy, Detective, and Road Patrol Division Sergeant. Lt. Moisio was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in July, 2005.

Lt. Moisio is the Detective Commander for the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Department. Lt. Moisio serves on the Ashtabula County Mental Health and Drug addiction Services Board (Past Board President), Community Corrections Board, and the Lakeland Community College Law Enforcement Advisory Board. Lt. Moisio resides in Conneaut with his wife, Sandra and five children, Krystle, A.J., Rachel, Jared and Taylor.

Lt. William R. Niemi, Uniform Division Commander

Lieutenant William R. Niemi started his career with the Jefferson Police Department after completing the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office Police Academy in 1988. In 1991 he was honored with Officer of the Year Award from the Jefferson Police Department. He also worked part time for the Rock Creek Police Department from 1989 to 1991. In 1994 he went to work as a Patrolman fulltime for the North Kingsville Police Department. 

In 1995 he was hired as a Deputy Sheriff with the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Office and was a member of the Ashtabula County S.W.A.T. team. In 1999 he became a K-9 handler for the Sheriff's Office with his German Shepherd Cero who was later killed in the line of duty March 25, 2000. Lt. W.R. Niemi continued in the K-9 Division with a new partner K9 Jago until Jago's retirement in 2005. 

In June of 2005, Lt. Niemi was promoted to the rank of Sergeant whose duties include supervising the road deputies and the dispatch center during his shift. He also attended classes at the Ohio Police Officer's Training Academy for First Line Supervision Course. He then became the Terror Liaison Officer for the Department for Ohio Homeland Security in 2006. 

In 2011 he was promoted to Commander of the Uniform Division. Along with Administrative duties, he oversees the operation of the road Sergeants and road Deputies.

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    Ronald Fenton


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    Terry Moisio


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    William Niemi