Meet the Officers
Officers of the Department
Full Time Officers
Town Marshal Tyler D. Ritter-Butz
Marshal Ritter-Butz began his career with the Geneva Police Department as a Reserve Officer in 2015, in which he attended and successfully completed ILEA's pre-basic Course. Before joining as a reserve, Ritter-Butz graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor's Degree in History. While a reserve, Ritter-Butz worked as a hospital security officer and then was a confinement officer for the Allen County Work Release Program. In 2017, Ritter-Butz was hired as a full time Deputy Marshal. Ritter-Butz attended and successfully completed ILEA's Basic Course in 2017. Ritter-Butz then left the Department in 2017, leaving LE work for a period of time. During this period he served as an Allen County Sheriff's Office/FWPD Emergency Services Dispatcher. In 2020, during a hiring process, Ritter-Butz was re-hired by Geneva.
As Town Marshal, Ritter-Butz's responsibilities include all duties related to running the department. His duties also include street and business patrol, criminal and accident investigation, responding to calls; both emergency and non-emergency, traffic enforcement, and assisting other emergency agencies.
Deputy Marshal Clayton Henkle
Deputy Henkle was hired by the Geneva Police Department in September of 2022. Deputy Henkle also serves as a military police officer in the Indiana National Guard. He has the rank of specialist and has been there since January of 2019. Before joining the Geneva Police Department he worked full time for the Wells County Sheriff's Office from January 2020 to September 2022. He started as a confinement officer and left as a confinement sergeant.
As a Deputy Marshal, Henkle's duties include street and business patrol, criminal and accident investigation, responding to calls; both emergency and non-emergency, traffic enforcement and assisting other emergency agencies.
Reserve Deputy Richard J. Schmit Memorial
Reserve Sergeant Richard J. "Smitty" Schmitt MEMORIAL
Reserve Sergeant Schmit began and ended his Law Enforcement career in Geneva. Schmit aided in the training of many Reserve Officers over his lengthy span as Reserve Sergeant, often serving as an ear to any Officer facing a problem, department related or not. In February of 2014, Reserve Sergeant Schmit was awarded the Volunteer Award for his many years of service to the Town of Geneva. As a testament to his dedication, fellow officers had to lie to Schmit to ensure his attendance, as he did not believe his work deserved an award. His acts of volunteering were not done for an award or awknowledgement; they were merely for the town he was so fond of and dedicated his life to.
On October 2, 2014, Reserve Sergeant Schmit passed away. He was allowed burial in his uniform, an honor normally saved only for full-time officers. Law Enforcement Officers from all surrounding areas attended his funeral, and their stories of his antics with departments and officers dated back to the beginning of his career in 1998.
Known on the Geneva Police Department as G5, Reserve Sergeant Schmit's badge number has been retired, and his dedication to the town and department will always be remebered. Smitty himself will never be forgotten throught the Town of Geneva and the Law Enforcement Community.
Reserve Sergeant Aaron Stronczek
Reserve Sergeant Stronczek began his Law Enforcement Career as a Wells Co. Sheriff's Dept. Reserve Deputy and as a Confinement Officer with the Jay Country Sherrif's Department. Stronczek joined the Town of Geneva Reserve Department in 2016 after successfully completing ILEA's 40hr pre basic course. Stronczek also holds a Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership, along with being a Adjunct Professor with Indiana Tech, where he teaches criminal justice.
As a Reserve Deputy Marshal,Stronczek's duties include street and business patrol, criminal and accident investigation, answering calls for service and emergency response, and participating in Reserve Department fundraisers. As the Sergeant of the Reserves, Stronczek is responsible for the operation of the Reserve Organization, as well as being involved in the hiring and disciplining of the Reserve Officers.