By Jon Moffett
CANFIELD — Police Chief Chuck Colucci says it’s exciting to see a pair of officers honored with promotions each has earned with more than 40 years of combined police service to the city.
Officers Scott Weamer, 39, and Andy Bodzak, 60, were recognized Monday in a ceremony in Canfield council chambers. Weamer was promoted to sergeant and Bodzak to assistant police chief. Mayor William Kay administered their oaths.
Bodzak as been in law enforcement for more than 30 years. He began his professional police career in October 1979 with the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department. He worked there as a deputy for one year before being hired as a patrolman in Canfield.
Weamer had been a pharmacist for a decade before joining the department in 2003.
Bodzak said celebrating his 30th year in police work as Colucci’s assistant means “a heck of a lot” to him.
“I’m just truly blessed and honored that Chief Colucci would put his trust in me for this position,” he said.
Joining Bodzak for the ceremony were his wife, Donna (the couple is celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary today), daughter and two grandchildren.
Bodzak said he always wanted to be a police officer and to work in homicide investigation. Before his promotion, Bodzak did just that with the Mahoning County Homicide Task Force. He credited the respect he had for officers as a youth for his desire to one day fill their shoes.
“When I grew up, I used to live on the East Side of Youngstown,” he said. “And I remember that patrol car coming by my house every day, and that was the one person I always had respect for.”
Weamer joked he was going through a “midlife crisis” when he decided to join the force. He said the experience was humbling.
“I’m very excited about being a part of the leadership that can take us from where we are, which I think is a great position, into the future,” he said.
Weamer credited his cousin’s position as a police officer as the main reason he went from behind the counter to behind the badge.
Colucci was quick to praise both men and said their new leadership positions are both deserved and beneficial to the force.
“[Andy] has been here quite a long time, and he has done a lot for the city of Canfield and the county in general,” he said. “And regarding Scott, the sacrifices he’s made as a Canfield police officer are amazing. ... He just has so much pride and so much passion for our police department.”