Boardman officials introduce next police chief to community
By Jordyn Grzelewski
Although he’s worked for a federal agency for nearly 20 years, the township’s next police chief believes his transition into his new role will be seamless.
At an introductory event Friday, Todd Werth highlighted his strong ties to the Boardman community. He noted that he and his family have lived here for many years, and that his work for the FBI often has him working closely on cases with local law-enforcement officers.
“I’ve lived in Boardman for 19 years,” said Werth. “This is where my kids go to school. This is where we live. This is where we’ll live through my retirement.”
The township board of trustees on Thursday voted unanimously to select Werth to succeed Police Chief Jack Nichols when Nichols retires in January.
Township officials selected Werth from a pool of 11 candidates. The final round of interviews included Werth, Youngstown police Capt. Rod J. Foley, and Boardman police Sgt. Glen Riddle.
“Any of those candidates would have done an outstanding job for the township,” said Trustee Tom Costello.
Township officials said Werth’s military, FBI and leadership experience made him their top choice.
Throughout the process, township officials said a top priority for them was finding a candidate who would be accessible to the public the way Nichols is.
“From the onset, Jack Nichols was the gold standard. He was the template to fill,” said Trustee Brad Calhoun Friday.
Werth will remain with the FBI, for which he is head of the bureau’s Youngstown office, through December. In the meantime, he will train with Nichols.
Werth said his initial focus will simply be to learn the ins and outs of the department.
Werth is an Army veteran. He became an FBI special agent at the end of 1997, then became a training coordinator at the FBI’s Cleveland office. In May 2013, he became supervisory senior resident agent for the Youngstown office.
The terms of his contract have not yet been determined.