MEDINA TWP. — Trustees narrowed the field for police chief to two candidates in executive session Thursday at township hall.
They are Travis L. Colonius, 49, a lieutenant with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office; and Thaddeus C. Hete, 61, chief of security for Warrensville Heights Schools.
Colonius, of Medina, heads the sheriff’s road patrol. Hete, of Fairlawn, is a retired Norton police chief .
Trustees will interview the two finalists 6 p.m. Tuesday at township hall, 3799 Huffman Road.
They were the top two in the rankings from the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. Colonius scored a 90.67 and Hete an 89.33 in the assessment by the chiefs. The next best score was 81.56 by candidate John Minek.
“There was a significant difference,” Trustee Mark Radice said.
The trustees started with 16 candidates, and a citizen’s panel narrowed that down to 10, Radice said. The trustees then sent six candidates to the assessment panel Saturday at township hall. Others that were interviewed by the police chiefs were John Saraya, Kevin Ross and Joe Manning. The six candidates went through oral and written assessments and a scenario-based test.
“According to the report, they were six very qualified individuals,” Radice said. “The top two were well above average in the rankings.
“I feel very confident we’ll get a very qualified person.”
After the trustees make their selection, they’ll make a financial offer to the candidate. If they accept it, he’ll have to go through a psychological evaluation, a polygraph test and a background test.
“We’d like to expedite this as quickly as we can, but it’s still going to take some time,” Radice said.
Radice, who serves as the township’s police commissioner, said no salary information has been discussed.
David Arbogast resigned in late November after more than 20 years as chief.
Sgt. Todd Zeija has been serving as interim.