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No internal candidates for Medina Township police chief

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MEDINA TWP. — Sixteen people want to be the next Medina Township police chief, said township Trustee Mark Radice.

But no one who currently works for the department has applied to fill the position that is now vacant following the unexpected resignation of Dave Arbogast.

Arbogast turned in his letter of resignation at the end of November, informing trustees that he would leave the job at the beginning of 2019. He joined the police department in November 2002.

On Jan. 3, trustees appointed Sgt. Todd Zieja as interim chief.

Radice said Thursday during a meeting that the township received 16 resumes in the search — no internal candidates.

Radice said they are in the process of narrowing the field to about 10 applicants. He said that group will be asked to answer five questions and provide salary requirements.

Arbogast made $78,000 a year, trustees said.

Radice said trustees will use the answers to further cut the group of 10 applicants down to roughly three to six candidates.

“They will attend an assessment panel given by the Ohio (Association of) Chiefs of Police on Feb. 2,” Radice said.

That group will be evaluated by the OACP, he said.

“It’s a good process,” he said. “It will help us through it. We will get a report back and will base our interviews on that assessment.”

Radice expects they will bring in three candidates for interviews with the trustees. He did not say when the next chief will be named.

Based on the job positing for the position, the township is looking for a candidate with at least 10 years of law enforcement experience, five full-time at the command level; at least an associate’s degree in a field related to law enforcement, with a bachelor of arts, bachelor of science or higher; and alternative combinations of education, such as the FBI Academy.

In other news

The township hired two administrative assistants, Amanda Trzaska and Yvonne Rodman-Sopata.

Trzaska, 29, is being groomed to replace Celia Goe, township secretary, who is considering retirement. She is full time.

“I’m learning her ways right now,” Trzaska said.

She was formerly a fiscal officer in Summit County and worked as a case manager specialist for Summit County Job and Family Services.

Trzaska graduated from Kent State University. She has a 3-year-old daughter, Ellora, and lives in Stow.

Rodman-Sopata lives in Medina Township with her husband David. She is part time and will handle the township’s social media.

She formerly ran a riding stable in Homerville. She attended William Woods University in Missouri.

Their salaries were not available.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.


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