Panel recommends 12 applicants for chief

Each applicant was chosen by at least two screening committee members.
BOARDMAN -- The township's acting chief, a Mahoning County sheriff's captain and two federal agents are among those selected by a screening committee appointed to review police chief applicants.
The committee of Glenn E. Bowers, former township chief; Robert Bush, former Youngstown police chief and a Mahoning County assistant prosecutor; and Dr. A. Bari Lateef, a retired professor of criminal justice at Youngstown State University, submitted the list of 12 to trustees.
The committee was appointed to review the 58 applications for the police chief and make recommendations to trustees.
"The screening committee members each presented the applicants they independently selected," according to a Sept. 1 letter signed by each committee member. "The individuals listed below were selected by at least two members of the screening committee."
In the Valley
The only applicants among the 12 who live in the Mahoning Valley are:
Jerre Patterson, appointed acting chief when former Chief Jeffrey Patterson left in mid-July to take a position as an assistant prosecutor in the Summit County Prosecutor's office.
James Lewandowski, a captain with the Mahoning County sheriff's office.
Patrick Berarducci of Medina, an agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Cleveland; and Robert O. Laughlin of Chalfont, Pa., on-scene commander with the FBI Iraq Theater of Operations; also made the list.
Trustee Elaine Mancini said trustees haven't decided the next step in the chief hiring process.
The ad posted in July to fill the position said salary would be dependent on qualification and experience.
It listed a bachelor's degree with course work in criminal justice, public administration or related fields or relevant work experience, and a minimum of 14 years in law enforcement with five years in management as minimum qualifications.
It also said that a master's degree and upper-level management and leadership training are preferred.
Trustee Kathy Miller said trustees had talked about sending questionnaires to those that make the list, asking about issues of particular interest to one or more trustee.
She said that although no decision has been made by the board, she'd like trustees to have the opportunity to add people to the list if they feel strongly about a particular candidate that the committee didn't select.
"There was one guy from our department who didn't make the list," Miller said, referring to Lt. Donald Hawkins. "I would like to interview him."

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