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Acting police chief not a finalist in Medina

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    Acting Chief Dave Birckbichler is not on the list of final candidates for Medina police chief. GAZETTE FILE

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Acting Chief Dave Birckbichler is not on the list of final candidates for Medina police chief. GAZETTE FILE

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MEDINA — Three police chief candidates have been certified by the Medina Civil Service Commission and presented to Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell, and none of them are the Acting Chief Dave Birckbichler.

“I have no comment,” Birckbichler said Monday evening when reached by phone.

The 55-year-old Birckbichler has been in charge of the department since former Chief Patrick Berarducci left on medical leave last Thanksgiving and eventually retired June 21.

Birckbichler began his career with the Medina force in 1995 and became lieutenant in 2010.

The three candidates presented to Hanwell are sergeants Ed Kinney, Brett McNabb and Scott Marcum.

McNabb, 48, has been with the department since 1998 and became a sergeant in 2008.

Marcum, 41, also became a sergeant in 2008 and has been on the force since 2000.

Kinney, 43, has been a member of the Medina department since 1997 and became a sergeant in 2011.

Sgt. George Horton also was up for the position.

Hanwell said he decided to keep the candidates in-house because they were “five very qualified candidates. We knew that going in.”

He also said he is “proud and thankful” for the job Birckbichler has done for the past 10 months.

“He did an exemplary job,” the mayor said.

Hanwell, who received the list of finalists Sept. 26, has 30 days to name a chief. He said he expects the new chief to be announced at the Nov. 13 City Council meeting, even though it’s possible the process could be finalized Oct. 23.

“I’m not quite sure I can make the decision (by Oct. 23),” he said.

The five candidates went through a police assessment test and a written test.

Laureen Wilson, secretary of the Civil Service Commission, has said the police assessment “tests their skills in thinking, oral skills and presentation.”

The written test was given by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The three finalists now will be administered a psychology test, hopefully this week, Hanwell said. The psychologist will meet with Hanwell on Oct. 18. The mayor then will meet with each candidate Oct. 20. Ward 4 Councilman Jim Shields will attend that meeting.

“I like to have the Council perspective as well,” Hanwell explained.

After he makes his decision, Council members will vote on the choice.

Wilson said new chief’s annual salary will start at $94,151.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.



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