Lt. Bradley W. Barnhart began pursuing a career in criminal justice in 1997 after graduating Hocking College School of Natural Resources with Associate Degrees in Ranger Services and Recreation/Wildlife. In May 1998 he was employed as a Law Enforcement Park Ranger with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service serving in Yellowstone National Park and other remote areas throughout the U.S. After returning home to Ohio in 2001 he completed the Clark State Police Academy and was selected for a deputy sheriff position with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in February of 2002.
Lt. Barnhart continued advancing his education and in 2005 obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Leadership from Urbana University. In 2010 he achieved a Master of Science degree in Justice Administration from Tiffin University.
During his tenure at the Sheriff’s Office Lt. Barnhart served as a deputy sheriff in the Jail and Uniform Patrol Divisions. He was promoted to Sergeant in June of 2006. Since then he has been a Sergeant assigned to the Jail and Uniform Patrol Divisions. He also serves as an agency instructor in a wide array of disciplines, as the K9 Coordinator and sits on the board for McKinley Hall.
Additionally, Lt. Barnhart has received several department awards including, Meritorious Service, Exceptional Service, 13 years Perfect Attendance and the Sheriff’s Award.
Lt. Barnhart volunteers on the Mad River Mountain Ski Patrol and with the ODNR Hunter Safety Education Program. He has organized and participated in charity events with the Ohio Special Olympics and the American Red Cross.
In his leisure time he enjoys reading, boating, snow skiing, mountaineering, road cycling and mountain biking