Professional Standards Personnel
Lieutenant Brad Barnhart
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 was promoted to Lieutenant in July 2015 and assigned as commander of the Professional Standards Division. He also serves as an agency instructor in a wide array of disciplines to include: tourniquet application, Taser, patrol rifle and pistol firearms instructor, Narcan, OC and expandable baton.
Lt. Barnhart’s primary responsibilities include oversight of internal affairs investigations, selection and recruitment of new sworn employees and administering agency training program. He is also assist in coordination and execution of assigned grant projects.
Additionally, Lt. Barnhart has received several department awards including, Meritorious Service, Exceptional Service, 16 years Perfect Attendance and the Sheriff’s Award.
In his leisure time he enjoys reading, boating, snow skiing, mountaineering, road cycling and mountain biking.
Sergeant Denise Jones
Sergeant Denise Jones has been a resident of Clark County for most of her life. Denise attended Northwestern High School, and after graduation joined the United States Army, serving in the Ohio Army National Guard for six years.
She began her career in law enforcement in January of 2000 with the Montgomery County Sheriffs Office. Denise came to the Clark County Sheriffs Office in March of 2007. Denise attended Sinclair Community College where she obtained her Ohio Peace Officers Training Certificate and her Associates Degree in Applied Science.
Sergeant Jones has continued her education throughout her tenure at the Clark County Sheriffs Office, graduating magna cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration along with her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Management, and working on a Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security from Columbia Southern University.
During her career with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office she has been assigned to the Jail Division and Uniformed Patrol Division. While serving as a road patrol deputy she performed her regular patrol duties and focused on Criminal Interdiction making several drug arrests. Denise was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2015 and has also served as a Jail and Uniformed Patrol sergeant, and now the Professional Standards Sergeant.
Sergeant Jones has been awarded the "Best of the Best" award, Meritorious Service, and Outstanding Performance Award. Sergeant Jones has served on the Clark County Sheriffs Office Honor Guard for nine years and has served as the Honor Guard Commander.
Deputy Amanda Penewit
Deputy Amanda Penewit attended Greeneview High School and Greene County Career Center. She completed her Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training at Clark State Community College in 2010. Deputy Penewit was hired and sworn in with the Sheriff's Office in May of 2011. She was assigned to the Jail division at that time.
In August of 2016, Deputy Penewit was assigned to the Road Patrol. During her time assigned to Road Patrol she completed Field Training Officer training, Critical Incident training and Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview training becoming certified in all areas.
In August of 2021, Deputy Penewit transferred to a School Resource Officer for Global Impact STEM Academy and Clark Education Center and joined the Professional Standards Division in 2022.