City commissioner Pervis Brown Jr., in fact, recently assured community members he’ll pursue the best candidates for the top-cop position before an investigation —examining his ethical behavior — wraps up.
For months, Brown vowed to hire a new police chief by October. The committee plan called for the city’s next police chief to start sometime in November and replace retiring Sandusky police Chief Jim Lang on a full-time basis come January.
A five-member selection committee, captained by Brown, will select the top three choices and then pass along the names to city manager Nicole Ard. Ard will then select the next police chief based on the choices provided.
Naming a new chief, however, will likely come sometime after Halloween, delaying the timeline. Paperwork detailing how proficient the committee’s top five candidates are hasn’t been completed yet.
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The following are the candidates:
Richard Thomas, retired North Ridgeville police chief
• Retired, even though Sandusky’s charter states all police chief applicants must be “active, full-time law enforcement officer.”
Charlie Dennis, former Page, Ariz., police chief
• Laid off from force amid budget crunch.
Curtis Brame, North Chicago, Ill., lieutenant
• Filed a lawsuit after supervisors demoted him for revealing information to the city’s mayor about the police chief taking confiscated cars from drug arrests and personally using them or selling them.
Dennis Thrasher, former Gallatin police officer
• Allegedly falsified time sheets, used a cruiser for personal use and secretly recorded conversations with other officers.
John Orzech, Sandusky assistant police chief
• Currently serves as assistant Sandusky police chief.