Boardman trustees select FBI agent to replace outgoing police chief

By Jordyn Grzelewski


Todd Werth, head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Youngstown office, will be Boardman’s next police chief.

The township board of trustees unanimously voted to select Werth at a special meeting Thursday. Werth will replace Police Chief Jack Nichols, who is retiring in January.

The selection follows a monthslong process in which township officials narrowed the field from 11 candidates to three. The final candidates were Werth, Youngstown police Capt. Rod J. Foley and Boardman police Sgt. Glen Riddle.

“Any of the three could have done a wonderful job for Boardman Township,” said Trustee Tom Costello. “At the end of the day, the experience in the military, the experience in the FBI, and the leadership positions Todd Werth has held is what made us choose him.”

Werth served in the Army from January 1988 to December 1997, then started as an FBI special agent at the end of 1997, according to his application. In May 2009, he became a training coordinator at the FBI’s Cleveland office. He worked in that role until 2013 and then became supervisory senior resident agent for the FBI’s Youngstown office in May 2013. The Youngstown office covers Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.

Werth earned a bachelor of science degree from Niagara University in New York, then a master’s degree in criminal justice from Youngstown State University. He is a longtime township resident.

The terms of Werth’s contract have not yet been set, township officials said. The township will host an introductory event for him at 10 a.m. today at the township government center, 8299 Market St.

Reached by The Vindicator on Thursday, Werth declined to comment.

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