Officials push to have police chief in place

Once trustees get the list of qualified candidates, they will begin interviews.
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HOWLAND -- Township officials hope to have a new police chief in about a month.
The Ohio Chiefs of Police Association is expected in the next few days to give trustees a list of applicants it has deemed best-qualified for the post.
The OCPA administered an assessment to seven applicants Saturday. Those seven were quizzed on their knowledge and their problem-solving techniques.
"The tests were written and verbal," said Darlene St. George, township administrator.
She said OCPA officials will go through the tests and determine which candidates would "fit" with the department.
"They could recommend all seven or they could recommend just a few -- it all depends on the results," St. George said.
Once the trustees get the list, they will begin interviewing the recommended candidates.
"We would really like to have someone in place by the end of March, if possible," St. George said.
The position pays $58,565 annually.
The person hired would replace Steve Lamantia, who recently retired after 10 years. Lamantia's last day at work was Feb. 7.
OCPA did a nationwide search for the chief's post. Nine people applied, but two dropped out.
The person chosen for the job will have to live in the township, trustees said.
St. George said she has been pleased with the OCPA process.
The administrator said she has been able to keep a distance from the selection process, other than making herself available when the committee wants to consult with her.
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