Police Chief

Chief Mark McDonough has served the citizens of Whitehouse since his appointment on May 15, 2012.  Chief McDonough previously served 22 years with the Bowling Green Police Division, 15 of those years in a command position.

Chief McDonough holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Tiffin University.  He is a graduate of Mountain State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Owens Community College.  He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy (FBINA #243), The Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, and the Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation’s Police Executive Leadership College (PELC XXXVI) and the Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE #13) courses.  He is an OPOTA-certified Basic Peace Officer Academy Instructor, and an adjunct instructor with Owens Community College (Findlay, Ohio campus) and Northwest State Community College (Archbold, Ohio).  He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACP), the FBI National Academy Associates, the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP, District #2), the Ohio Small Police Department Association (OSPDA), and the Wood County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge #109.

Chief McDonough serves as a member of the OACP Publications Committee for Ohio Police Chief magazine, and as a member of the OSPDA Election Committee. He is a member of the Lucas County O.V.I. Task Force, the Coalition of Organizations Protecting Elders (COPE), and the Metro-Toledo Criminal Justice Administrators.

Chief McDonough is the 2022 recipient of the OACP Michael J. Kelly Excellence and Innovation in Policing Award.

Chief McDonough places a strong emphasis on education and training of the entire police department staff.  Members of the agency are required by the Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Commission to complete annual training requirements and continuing professional training.  Most officers exceed this requirement, and many are certified instructors in a wide array of topics.  Agency supervisory and command officers are required to complete additional supervisory, management, and leadership training annually.

With a focus on community-policing, Chief McDonough and members of the agency strive to enhance the quality of life for our residents and visitors.   The membership’s goal is to make the Whitehouse Police Department a premier law enforcement agency, and the Village of Whitehouse one of the safest communities in the State of Ohio.

In keeping with our Mission Statement, we don’t “police” you, we “police” for you … and with you.
—Chief McDonough

School Resource Officer

The Village of Whitehouse Police Department staffs a full time police officer as a School Resource Officer (SRO) at the Anthony Wayne Schools. Currently, Charles Kessinger serves in that position. The purpose of the School Resource Officer is to reduce crime in and around the school facilities and to gain positive relationships with our youth, by providing a highly visible presence during school and extracurricular activities. School administrators benefit from the SRO’s training, knowledge and experience in handling situations involving possible weapon violations or the identification of controlled substances. In addition, he provides a service to the community by addressing concerns such as loitering, speeding or loud car radios.

The Officer is stationed at the High School, but is available to all schools within the Anthony Wayne district.

SROs are responsible for investigating violations of criminal law and, when appropriate, making arrests. Their sworn duty to enforce the law does not contradict the need to be a positive role model — it in fact supports it. It is essential for a SRO to endorse high moral standards and use good judgment and discretion. Through this, students learn and understand what a professional police officer does.

Over the years, the SRO has developed strong relationships with the students and after graduation many continue to go out of their way to say “hi” to them and fill them in on their continuing education, occupations, etc.

This program has proven to benefit our community and the lives of today’s students.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the School Resource Officer at 419-877-9191 or ckessinger@whitehouseoh.gov or at the AW School Administration offices at 419-877-5377.

Police Staff

For all emergencies, dial 911.

The Police Department is dispatched by the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office.  To report a crime or to file a police report, please call Lucas County 911 – Regional Council of Governments Non-emergency Phone Number: 419-255-8443
To contact Police Administration or individual officers, please call the Safety Office Assistant, Monday – Thursday, from 8:00am – 5:00pm, at 419-877-9191

Police Officers

Mark McDonough Chief of Police mmcdonough@whitehouseoh.gov
Allan Baer Deputy Chief abaer@whitehouseoh.gov
Brad Baker Sergeant bbaker@whitehouseoh.gov
Amanda Bradley Sergeant abradley@whitehouseoh.gov
Charles Kessinger, Jr. Corporal, SRO ckessinger@whitehouseoh.gov
Christine Fouty Police Officer cfouty@whitehouseoh.gov
Rick Gallaher Police Officer rgallaher@whitehouseoh.gov
Matthew Grant Police Officer mgrant@whitehouseoh.gov
Matthew Johnson Police Officer mjohnson@whitehouseoh.gov
Erin Kaiser Police Officer akaiser@whitehouseoh.gov
Andy Kasack Police Officer akasack@whitehouseoh.gov
Ashley Kunesh Police Officer akunesh@whitehouseoh.gov
Alexa Miller Police Officer amiller@whitehouseoh.gov
Kenneth Scheuerman Police Officer kscheuerman@whitehouseoh.gov
Morgan Schumann Police Officer mschumann@whitehouseoh.gov
Ron Shellhammer Property Room Director rshellhammer@whitehouseoh.gov
Jennifer Herman Safety Office Assistant jherman@whitehouseoh.gov