Sandusky police chief selection to move forward

The person leading Sandusky’s police chief search said an ongoing investigation of his alleged biases and suspect choices won’t stop any future decisions he or his committee makes.
Andy Ouriel
Oct 11, 2012

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.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Thusday's Register.

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.




Employing anyone in a high caliber job should not be left in the hands of amateur residents who know nothing about Employment Law. The whole process of having ordinary residents trying to select an executive should be looked at very seriously and revamp the whole process with talented HR people who have been educated in the field of employment so no law suits occur.


when they asked for help with the committee, did you put your name in by chance? It asked specific questions on the questioneer form about what kind of experience you had. Were you available for putting in time on the committee? What lawsuits do you forsee with this committee selecting the next chief of police? I would love to know what you are thinking. It is interesting. Thanks.


I find it odd that so much attention has been paid to Lieutenant Brame's lawsuit, yet not a word was mentioned about Commander Dennis Thrasher's whistle blower lawsuit against his department. This, to me, shows poor journalistic integrity. As I have mentioned in a prior posting, Commander Thrasher was "allegedly" fired for that laundry list of bad things because he has filed a dispute claiming his termination was a direct result of turning his chief over to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for illegal misuse of a federal database. Each of these officers have outstanding qualifications, and, regardless of who you wish to see in the position, Sandusky would be lucky to have any of these men as it's chief of police. If you're going to argue, argue the facts and be willing to listen to another person's point of view.

Julie R.

So you're trying to say that Commander Thrasher was also a whistleblower -- that the claim he falsified time sheets and used a cruiser for personal use are bogus? I believe it. They pull off that crap in this neck of the woods, too. The clowns in Erie and Ottawa County chased after some whistleblower disbarred attorney like she was some kind of serial murderer or something --- even coming up with an idiot charge once that she stole her own car. They finally shut her up by putting her in prison for 8 years claiming she tried to intimidate one of their corrupt old rent-a-judges in an e-mail.


Nothing like wasting city money on she said he said. I have to agree with Wired over setting a time frame for the investigator because it will take money away that the city doesn't have to spend. The investigation shouldn't be happening on taxpayers' monies. Brown needs to get his own lawyer to pursue his case.


What should you be looking for in a new police chief? How are you going to evaluate your new leader? Do one or more of the four major obstacles arresting the development of your police department exist? For insight and direction on this and other important police improvement issues, take a look at “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police” ( in US and EU). And the blog at http://improvingpolice.wordpress... where other current police improvement issues are discussed. Good luck and may we all experience not just good but great policing! Great policing is accomplished by police who are well-trained and led, restrained in their use of force, honest, and courteous to every person.


For hire new police chief,should be positive for future success..
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Before selection of candidate,should be check every information about him so they can choose right candidate.


They have made some changes and now no chief should be picked until this investigation is done.
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Every police chief is trying to do best in his is depend on their way of thinking and their talent.most of the chief are good in decision making and ability to handle the situation.
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