About The Professional Standards Bureau

As a professional public safety agency, the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department and its employees are held to a higher standard of integrity than the community it serves. The department has established the Professional Standards Bureau to help maintain this level of integrity and professionalism. All employees are subject to the department’s policies and procedures and to the Code of Conduct.

The Professional Standards Bureau will respond to any credible information concerning misconduct by department employees, and is charged with the responsibility of investigating any serious allegations of misconduct involving an employee. Through the use of various investigative techniques, the Professional Standards Bureau gathers the necessary information needed to determine the truth surrounding an allegation. The employee’s rights are important and are protected through any investigation, along with the integrity and confidentiality of the investigation itself.

Bureau Staff

 

Assistant Chief Marquardt was appointed to Toledo Fire & Rescue Department in 1996, and, spent most of her career at Station 16.

 Assistant Chief Marquardt was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007, then to Captain in 2009. April 1, 2011, she was promoted to Battalion Chief. She was promoted to Deputy/Assistant Chief on May 23, 2014.
Assistant Chief Marquardt helped negotiate 3 collective bargaining agreements, two with Toledo Firefighters Local 92, and one with Toledo Fire Chiefs Association. Assistant Chief Marquardt has also served for nine years on the Toledo Firefighters Health & Welfare Board of Trustees, serving as chairperson for six of those years. During her career Assistant Chief Marquardt has also worked in the Bureau of Professional Standards, and the Training Academy.
 Assistant Chief Marquardt is a certified Fire Instructor for the State of Ohio, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Ohio State University.
 Assistant Chief Marquardt is currently serving as Assistant Chief. Her areas of responsibility include Emergency Medical Services, Training Bureau and the Bureau of Professional Standards.

BestedaCHIEFBattalion Chief Besteda joined the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on June 28, 1996. Battalion Chief Besteda was promoted to Lieutenant on March 25, 2009, and was then promoted to Captain on August 4, 2011. Besteda was promoted to Battalion Chief on December 27, 2013.

Battalion Chief Besteda is a Hazardous Material Technician and holds a Fire Service Instructor certificate.

Battalion Chief Besteda is an United State Army veteran, serving four years, eight months in the Army. Battalion Chief Besteda served in the first Gulf War, Desert Shied/Desert Storm, and earned the Combat Infantry Badge during his deployment. Battalion Chief Besteda is currently assigned the Battalion Chief, Professional Standards Bureau .

todd.besteda@toledo.oh.gov

 

Captain Michael Benadum was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department in 1992. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007, and promotion to Captain came in 2012. Captain Benadum served as the Assistant Battalion Chief of the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District, Genoa, Ohio, retiring in January of 2015. Captain Benadum holds numerous certifications in both Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

Captain Benadum is currently assigned Bureau of Professional Standards.

michael.benadum@toledo.oh.gov

 

 

 

Captain Luke Harman was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on July 21, 2000.  He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2011, and promoted to Captain on March 21, 2014.

Captain Harman is currently assigned Bureau of Professional Standards.

lucas.harman@toledo.oh.gov

 

 

 

 

 

Lieutenant Darryl Murphy was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on September 22, 1989.  Lieutenant Murphy was promoted to Lieutenant on June 20, 2012. He currently serves as a staff Lieutenant in the Professional Standards Bureau.

 

darryl.murphy@toledo.oh.gov

 

 

 

 

Professional Standards Bureau

545 N. Huron
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: 419-245-1769
Fax: 419-245-1497