The 2022 Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force’s Annual Award Ceremony


CLEVELAND - On Thursday afternoon, The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame hosted the 2022 Northern Ohio Awards Ceremony held by the United States Marshals Northern District of Ohio, and the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.

The guest speakers, Greg Harris, the CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and former Cleveland Browns Quarterback Bernie Kosar, spoke to the audience of veterans and current and former law enforcement, thanking all in attendance for their service. The keynote speaker was the Honorable Greg White; White is a veteran of the Vietnam war and has held many offices in the area, most recently serving as a United State Magistrate Judge in the Northern Ohio District. White spoke of his appreciation for all the men and women in law enforcement.

"I can say without fear of contradiction that this district has the best Marshal service top to bottom in the nation. Here in Northern Ohio, we have great long-standing partnerships between federal state and local agencies. We have been successful in bringing resources into this community."

You can see photos and the full listen of the award winners below.

Wayne Leon Task Force Officer of the Year: Bill Likes, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department

Division Nominees Include:

  • Akron-Todd Liggett, Ohio Adult Parole Authority
  • Canton-Zach Taylor, Canton Police Department
  • Lorain-Bert Fitzgerald, Ohio Adult Parole Authority
  • Painesville-Dominic Hren, Lake County Sheriff’s Office
  • Richland-Luke Mayer, Ohio Adult Parole Authority
  • Toledo-Bill Shaner, Toledo Police Department
  • Youngstown-Greg Mullennex, Youngstown Police Department

U.S. Marshals Operational Employee of the Year: Mark Harding, Akron

U.S. Marshals Administrative Employee of the Year: Lorne Conyers, Cleveland

U.S. Marshals Court Security Office of the Year: Eric Frey, Akron

NOVFTF Division of the Year: Mansfield

Law Enforcement Partner of the Year: Ohio Tactical Officers Association & MetroHealth Police Department

Citizen of the Year: Carrie Sidoti, Akron Police Department

Outstanding Community Partnership: Believe in Dreams

John K. Elliott Perseverance In Investigations Award: Eric Midock, Cold Case Unit & Ed Kennedy, Portage County Sheriff’s Office, and Tom Mauer, Investigator National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

David L. Harlow Lifetime Achievement Award: Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, Retired

Susan Graves Part-Time Officer of the Year: Patrick Fairhurst, Tallmadge Police Department

Division Nominees Include:

  • Canton-Randy Manse, North Canton Police Department
  • Cleveland-Ryan Jasinsky, Westlake Police Department
  • Lorain-Wayne Ramsey, LaGrange Police Department
  • Painesville-Jeffrey Raymond, Geauga County Sheriff’s Office
  • Richland-Chris Washington, Richland County Probation
  • Toledo-Stefano Amato, Customs and Border Patrol
  • Youngstown-Anthony Lucas, Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office

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