The Covington Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency that provides 24 hour protection for the Village of Covington and its residents. In addition to motor patrol, the department makes use of bicycle patrol, certified evidence technicians, and manages a full-time school resource program. The department is led by Chief Lee Harmon, and staffed with an additional five full-time officers, as well as a certified police auxiliary unit. The Department prides itself on being a “community friendly” organization that encourages open dialogue with the people they serve.
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Covington Police Department
1 South High Street, Covington Ohio 45318
Emergency Phone: 911
Office Phone: 937-473-2102
Office Fax: 937-473-3853
Lee Harmon, Police Chief
Chief Lee Harmon has been has been part of the Covington Police Department since 1994 and became the Chief of Police in 2002.
Harmon is a 1984 graduate of Bradford High School and The Upper Valley Career Center and served honorably from 1985 until 1992 with the United States Air Force as a Military Policeman. Harmon was honorably discharged from the Air Force at the end of Desert Storm as a non-commissioned officer.
Chief Harmon studied Criminal Justice at Edison State Community College, and holds the Title of “Certified Law Enforcement Executive” awarded to him by the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. Lee is a former member of the Covington Fire Department and Rescue squad, and currently maintains his state certifications as firefighter and emergency medical technician.
Lee is the Vice-president of the Covington Board of Education, and is an active member of the Covington Noon Optimist. Chief Harmon is also an instructor for the Law Enforcement Academy at Edison State Community College.
“I enjoy helping people and doing all I can to make our community a great place to live,” he said of his involvement in the Covington community.
Steve Blei, Police Officer
Officer Blei moved into the community after joining the Covington Police Department in 1999. Previously, he had served with the Cridersville and Anna Police Departments and was the Head of Security at NK Parts Industrial and Security Supervisor at Honda Manufacturing.
A graduate of Cuyahoga Community College and Kent State University, Officer Blei utilizes his knowledge and experience to train other officers within the department, as well as teaching at Wright State University and Edison Community College.
Being a police officer is very rewarding to Officer Blei due to the relationships he has built over the years.
“I enjoy working with the Covington community, especially the children,” he said. “It’s so rewarding to have a positive impact on their lives.”
Officer Blei has two sons.
Aaron Zuhl, Police Officer
Officer Zuhl joined the Covington Police Department as an Auxiliary Officer in January of 2015 and became a full-time officer in October of the same year as he has made a career of helping others.
In 1995, Officer Zuhl became a Firefighter and EMT. After graduating in 1997 from the paramedic program, he was employed by the City of Piqua Fire Department from 1998 to 2007. He continued his EMT career in the private sector as a critical care transport paramedic and in 2014 he attended the Basic Peace Officer Academy at Edison Community College.
Throughout his career, Officer Zuhl has found his experience very rewarding.
“I enjoy my contact with the public,” he said. “My position as a Police Officer allows me to continue my role in public safety and give back to the community. I’m still an active Paramedic, skills I’m able to use in my role as a Police Officer.”
Officer Zuhl moved to the Covington area in 2013 after meeting his wife. In his spare time he enjoys his role as a Scout Master for Covington Troop 343 and coaching his son’s baseball team.
Tim Cline, Police Officer
Officer Cline joined the Covington Police Department as a Patrolman and School Resource Officer in 2014, positions he takes great pride in.
“Since I am the School Resource Officer, I have the privilege of interacting with every student in the Covington Exempted Village School District,” he said. “It’s very rewarding to be a positive role model for so many kids.”
Officer Cline is a 2006 graduate of Arcanum High School and a 2010 graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology. He was a Firefighter and EMT for Versailles Fire and EMS for six years and worked for two private EMS providers prior joining the Covington Police Department.
He is a Certified School Resource Officer through the National Association of School Resource Officers and is also the departments A.L.I.C.E. Instructor and a CPR/First Aid Instructor.
Office Cline moved to Covington with his wife in 2015 and enjoys being a member of the community.
“We chose Covington due to it being a small community with an excellent school system,” he said.
Robert Novellino, Police Officer
Officer Novellino joined the Covington Police Department in 2012 as an Auxiliary Policeman and has since advanced to a full-time officer.
“Helping people is the most rewarding part of being a Police Officer,” Novellino said.
A graduate of Wayne High School, he has earned an Associates Degree in Computer Information Systems and was previously with the St. Paris Police Department.
Officer Novellino is a proud family man who enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and two children. He also loves to play sports, especially soccer, and is a big Ohio State football fan.
Kevin Wright, Police Officer
Officer Kevin Wright joined the Covington Police Department as an Auxiliary Officer in March of 2016 and became a Full-time Officer in May of 2017. Officer Wright follows in the footsteps of his father, Rick Wright, who served as the Chief of the Covington Police Department.
Officer Wright was a graduate of Covington High School in 2005 and served honorably in the United States Navy from January 2009 to February 2014 as a Weapons Specialist qualified on Submarines. Officer Wright graduated from Edison State Community College with a Degree in Criminal Justice in 2016.
Officer Wright resides in Covington with his wife and 3 children who all love the community and what it has to offer. “This was a great community to grow up in and I am happy to raise my children in the very same community that gave me great success and the tools to succeed in life.”
Officer Wright enjoys spending time with his family, going to his kids sports events and cooking out.
Frank Campbell, Records Clerk
Frank Campbell joined the Covington Police Department in 1997 as a Records Clerk after retiring from the Bradford Police Department.
“I enjoy helping people when they come into the office,” he said of being the Records Clerk. “I also enjoy helping the younger officers get acclimated when they join the force.”
Frank is a graduate of Bradford High School and the Montgomery County Police Academy. Frank also spent nine years as a member of the Bradford Police Department from 1988 until retiring in 1997.