Wellington Police Chief Barfield Sworn in as Member of MHARS Board Directors
LORAIN, OHIO – The Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services (MHARS) Board of Lorain County welcomes to its Board of Directors Wellington Police Chief Tim Barfield, who was sworn in at the board’s monthly meeting on March 22. Barfield was appointed by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. His appointment fills all MHARS Board of Director vacancies.
“Chief Barfield brings a wealth of experience and insight to this position, especially as a law enforcement officer who has been on the front lines of the opioid epidemic,” said Michael Doud, Executive Director of the MHARS Board. “As our Board serves all of Lorain County, we appreciate having such an esteemed member of Wellington’s community join the MHARS Board of Directors.”
Barfield has been the Chief of Police in Wellington since 2014. Chief Barfield began his career in the Berlin Heights and Amherst police departments. He spent most of his career at the Maple Heights Police Department where he received a number of awards including two for valor. He is passionate about training police officers with a goal of helping them succeed.
Chief Barfield is a member of the Stepping Up Initiative of Lorain County and one of the designers of Wellington safety services Local Initiative to Network Compassion (LINC) program to assist those struggling with substance use disorder. He is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, Chairman of the Board of the Law Enforcement Training Trust and President of the LINC. He is also a contributing writer to law enforcement publications, and continues to learn and instruct on subjects with an emphasis on awareness, leadership, mental health first aid and ethics. He earned his associate degree in political science from Lorain County Community College. A resident of Lagrange Township, Chief Barfield is a father and grandfather.
About the MHARS Board
The Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services (MHARS) Board of Lorain County brings together the expertise, resources and proud histories of the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County and the Lorain County Board of Mental Health. The people served by mental health and substance use disorder systems have a common goal – recovery. Consolidating the county’s addiction and mental health partners strengthens our ability to coordinate treatment and recovery services, which helps us improve the lives of our clients, their loved ones and the community. Our goal is to maximize delivery of these health services. It means providing the right care, in the right setting, at the right time. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram or connect with us on our website at www.mharslc.org.