Boardman officials to narrow list of police chief candidates

By Jordyn Grzelewski


Township officials will meet in the coming days to narrow the pool of candidates for police chief.

After wrapping up first-round interviews this week, the board of trustees and other township officials plan to meet in executive session sometime next week to discuss the 11 candidates vying to replace Police Chief Jack Nichols, who is retiring in January.

“We have a lot of very good candidates. The first round was intense because we spent a good hour with each,” township Administrator Jason Loree said.

Now, Loree will get a short list of candidates from each of the trustees (Brad Calhoun, Tom Costello and Larry Moliterno). After executive-session discussions, the trustees will approve a list of candidates who will move forward in the interview process. The number of candidates who will get a second interview has not yet been determined.

The township received 12 applications for the position. One candidate, William Cappabianca, a major in the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, has withdrawn his application, Loree said.

Internal candidates are John Paul Allsopp, Rick Balog, Charles Hillman Jr., Michael R. Hughes and Glen Riddle. All are longtime members of the department who hold the rank of sergeant.

External candidates are James Ciotti, Rod J. Foley, Brian Goodin, David E. Hayes, Charles VanDyke and Todd Werth. They are, respectively, a special agent with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, a Youngstown police captain, Poland Township’s police chief, police chief/township administrator for Sagamore Hills, Milton Township’s police chief and a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.

Township officials plan to hire someone this summer. The new chief then will work alongside Nichols for several months.

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