Boardman trustees make offer to hire 4 police officers

BOARDMAN — Township trustees approved conditional offers of employment to four police officers who, if sworn in, will complete the board’s 2011 levy promise to hire 10 additional patrolmen.

Offers were extended tonight to Patrick J. Wilkens Jr., 25, of Canfield; Richard Kridler, 25, of North Lima; Shawn McClellan, 26, of Campbell; and Jacob Lape, 24, of Boardman.

The offers are pending completion of background, drug and physical tests, per township policies.

They will join four officers hired earlier this fall: Christopher Costas, Michael Calautti III, David Goettsch and Joe Olinger.

In August 2011, about 56 percent of township voters approved a 3.85-mill, five-year additional police levy in a special election.

Trustees pledged if voters supported the new tax, 10 additional police officers would be hired over a two-year period.

For the complete story, read Tuesday's Vindicator and

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