OPS Staff

Henry Roney, Senior Investigator and Interim Administrator

Henry E. Roney began his tenure as the Senior Investigator for the Office of Professional Standards on May 7, 2018. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Roney served 25 years as a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) where he retired as the Inspector General. During his NCIS career, Mr. Roney investigated criminal, fraud and counterintelligence offenses. He held supervisory and senior leadership positions to include, Supervisory Special Agent, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Special Agent in Charge and Assistant Director. Prior to his NCIS career, Mr. Roney was a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps where he served as a combat intelligence officer during Desert Shield/Storm. Mr. Roney is a 1983 graduate of Prairie View A&M University, Texas, where he studied criminal justice and political science.

Toni Shanks, OPS Private Secretary

Toni Shanks joined OPS in 2018 as a private secretary. She has been with the City of Cleveland for more than 21 years (7 years with the Division of Correction and 14 years with the Record File Section). She is a graduate of the Jane Addams Business Careers Center.

LeeAnn Hanlon, CPRB Private Secretary

LeeAnn Hanlon joined OPS/CPRB as the CPRB secretary in August of 2017. She previously worked as a data conversion operator for the Cleveland Division of Police. She holds a bachelor degree from John Carroll University.

Spyridon Kodellas, Ph.D., M.B.A., CPO, Research Analyst

Spyridon Kodellas joined OPS in February 2019 as a Research Analyst. In this capacity, he administers the case management and research database for the Office, he performs complex quantitative and qualitative analysis of police complaints, and he prepares detailed bi­weekly, semi-annual, and annual reports on patterns in complaints, investigator workload and investigation outcomes. Prior to coming to OPS, Spyridon held teaching and research appointments at a number of Universities in the United States and Greece. He completed his PhD in Criminal Justice, as a Fulbright Scholar and Gabbard Research Associate Fellow, at the University of Cincinnati and an MBA in Management from Cleveland State University. He also holds a Master's degree in Political Communication and New Media Technologies and a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Media Studies from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Spyridon is a Certified Practitioner of Oversight (CPO) from the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE). Currently, he also serves on three NACOLE committees: Internal Operations, Policy Development, and Annual Conference committees. Interested readers can find more information and connect with Spyridon on LinkedIn.

Maryum Ali, Community Engagement Coordinator

Maryum Ali joined OPS in May 2021 as an Investigator initially.  She has over 15 years of Community Engagement and Investigative experience.  Previously, she worked as a Certified Ombudsman and Transition Coordinator with Long Term Care Ombudsman.  Prior to this, Maryum was a Child Protective Social Worker with Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services.  Maryum received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Ursuline College.

David Hammons, Investigator

David Hammons is the first civilian (Non-Sworn Officer) hired by the City in the Office of Professional Standards to investigate Police misconduct (in 2011). David has previously worked for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio as the Litigation Coordinator, investigating violations of Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, complaints of governmental abuse and managing the legal docket. Prior to that experience, he was employed as Parole Officer for the State of Ohio (Cleveland Region) supervising conditionally released felons. His last assignment as a Parole Officer was an assignment to a multi-agency violent crimes task force responsible for apprehending violent fugitives. He holds bachelor degrees in Political Science and history from Cleveland State University.

Anitra H. Merritt, Investigator

Anitra H. Merritt, has been with the Office of Professional Standards since May 2011. Before assuming her duties in OPS she was no stranger to the legal community as she has over 20-years’ of experience in both civil and criminal law enforcement. She worked at the City’s Prosecutor’s Office as a Misdemeanor Investigator where she conducted investigations and mediations involving criminal disputes. She joined the Prosecutor’s Office from the City’s Civil Division of the Department of Law where she provided paralegal assistance. She holds a Bachelor degree in Business Management and an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Administration from John Carroll University.

Barbara Y. Williams-Bennett, M.S.W., Investigator

Barbara Y. Williams-Bennett joined OPS as an Investigator in August 2013. Previously, she worked at the Cleveland Municipal Court as an adult probation officer and was later promoted to the Court’s administrative services department as part of the project management team. She also worked at Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services and she is an alumna of Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland (NLI), class 28. Mrs. Williams-Bennett has a Bachelor and Master's degree in Social Work from Cleveland State University.

Vince Funari, Investigator

Vincent R. Funari joined the Office of Professional Standards in 2013 as Investigator, handling citizen’s complaints of Police Misconduct. Mr. Funari has been in the investigation industry his entire professional career of thirty years. He started out with a small local private investigations company and worked his way to Lead Investigator. After eight years with that company, he left and started his own Private Investigation Company. He has been a licensed Private Investigator since 1997. He also worked as the Surveillance Supervisor for International Claims Specialists, where he was a supervisor to 15 regional investigators and was responsible for their scheduling, reviewing of their investigations and providing them direction in their daily investigations of suspected insurance fraud claims. Just prior to OPS, in 2011, Mr. Funari became a Miscellaneous Investigator for the City of Cleveland under the Department of Finance, Division of Assessments & Licenses. He was responsible for compliance inspections and investigations of local businesses under the Codified Ordinances in the City of Cleveland. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin Wallace College.

Kevin Wynne, M.A., Investigator

Kevin Wynne joined the Office of Professional Standards as an Investigator in August of 2016. Previously, he held the position of Probation Officer with the Adult Probation Department-Cuyahoga County, Special Investigations for the Juvenile Court Probation Department, and Juvenile Gang Investigator, and the Ohio Adult Parole Authority as a Parole Officer/Investigator. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Central State University, and a Master's degree in Organizational Management from Myers University.

Keith A. Oliver, J.D., Investigator

Keith Oliver, J.D. has been an Investigator in the Office of Professional Standards since July of 2016. He has significant experience in conducting criminal investigations through his work over the previous 11 years in the City of Cleveland Prosecutor’s Office as a Misdemeanor Investigator. In the Prosecutor’s Office Mr. Oliver interviewed citizens who were interested in filing criminal complaints. He has investigated thousands of criminal matters. He has also consulted with victims and witnesses of crime as well as prosecutors, police officers, and detectives. During that time, he was able to attend Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. While at Cleveland-Marshall, Mr. Oliver worked as a clinician in the Civil Litigation Clinic. There he worked on employment and immigration matters. Mr. Oliver was also a Writing Specialist at Cuyahoga Community College High Tech Academy where he taught essay-writing to students. Mr. Oliver has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Langston University as well as a Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Interested readers can find more information and connect with Keith on LinkedIn.

Julie Delaney, Investigator

Julie Delaney joined OPS as in investigator in March 2017.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University, a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Cuyahoga County Community College and is a federally trained EEO investigator.  Prior to employment with OPS, she worked as a Probation Officer both in Indianapolis, Indiana in the Marion County Superior Court’s Juvenile Division, and in Cuyahoga County’s Juvenile Court.  She has experience conducting investigations into child abuse and neglect through her work as a caseworker with The Children’s Center in Detroit, Mi and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate with Voices For Children under the Lorain County, OH Domestic Relations Court.  In addition to her employment with OPS, Julie works as a Contract EEO Investigator for the United States Postal Service conducting Title VII investigations.

Eric N Richardson, J.D., Investigator

Eric Richardson joined OPS in 2017. He is a former criminal defense Attorney, College Instructor (Tri-C and Lincoln College of Technology), and Business Owner: Royalty Consultants-a General Business Consulting firm focused on upstarts and emerging companies, and Cinergy Global an Energy and Mineral Rights Acquisition Firm. He holds a B.A in Political Science from Morehouse College and a JD from Case Western Reserve School of Law.

Art Bowker, M.A., Investigator

Art Bowker joined OPS as an Investigator (Temporary) in January 2018.  In May of 2021 he became a city employed Investigator with OPS. He retired after 20 years as a U.S. Probation Officer in 2017 and previously was a Law Enforcement Investigator with the U.S. Department of Labor for eight years. He has been recognized for his work in cybercrime and is the author of several books focusing on cybercrime and its investigation. He is a graduate of Kent State University, holding an MA in Corrections and a BS in Criminal Justice Studies. Interested readers can find more information and connect with Bowker on LinkedIn.

Hercules Harris, Investigator

Hercules Harris joined the Office of Professional (OPS) as an Investigator in June 2021. He has over 17 years of investigative experience. Prior to joining OPS, he worked for the State of Ohio for 7 years. He worked as an Investigator for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and a Parole Officer for the Adult Parole Authority (Sex Offender Unit). Prior to working in the public sector, he spent 10 years in the private sector conducting investigations related to internal and external theft. He holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Crime Analysis from Tiffin University.