Sandusky police chief search down to three

Sandusky officials believe they've finally selected three candidates worthy of becoming the city's next top cop.
Andy Ouriel
Feb 15, 2013

A five-member search committee, assembled to help find police chief candidates, has forwarded its final list to city manager Nicole Ard.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Friday's Register. Read about the three finalists below. See the previous list of seven candidates and their resumes HERE.

 

The three finalists:

Terence Calloway

- Austin Peay State University police chief in Clarksville, Tenn.

- Hired in January 2012 after working as Woodmere, Ohio, police chief for three years.

- Duties include establishing department's organizational structure, ensuring officers provide effective customer-oriented campus security services, and establishing department goals.

- Taught as adjunct instructor and worked as lieutenant for Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.

- Received master's degree in justice administration from Tiffin University.

John Orzech

- Sandusky assistant police chief.

- Has worked at Sandusky Police Department for 16 years.

- Duties include overseeing personnel of almost 50 officers, participating in budget talks and engaging in community discussions to solve crime problems.

- Served in the U.S. Marines from 1985 to 1989; stationed in places such as North Carolina and Japan.

- Received associate's degree in political science at Terra Community College in December.

Craig Stone

- Columbus police lieutenant.

- Has worked at Columbus Police Department for 28 years.

- Duties include assigning and reviewing investigations and ensuring cases are handled properly.

- Volunteers for community improvement organizations.

- Received master's degree in justice administration from University of Louisville.

Comments

25yr.resident

I'm going with the guy from Columbus. Why? He'll review investigations and make sure cases are handled properly. We might have three people still alive in our community if cases were handled properly.

Centauri

The powers that be have already decided who the next police chief will be. The rest is just a dog and pony show that will cost a lot of wasted taxpayer money. The powers that be got rid of Kim Nuesse. The local drug pushers were afraid of Nuesse as were the powers that be. Did anybody notice how crime has risen in Sandusky, Ohio once Nuesse was booted out?

25yr.resident

Excellent point.

Julie R.

I 2nd that excellent point.

oldpirate

I think it's a done deal. just posturing at this point. It has always been Orzech,just wait n see.

Jack Frost

A lot can be said about John O. He is a good cop, he is tough when he has to be and kind when he needs to be. There is a place for degrees and there is a place for experience. I'll take a local guy who knows the bad guys already and has the pulse of Sandtown, over an pencil pusher any day.

wiredmama222

I don't think Ms Ard is going to let this town regulate what HER decision will be. In fact, given the way this town has treated her, the decicision she makes will probably be one that no one expects. In that regards I do not blame her. Why should she go with the "on odds favorite" when she has the right to go outside the box here.

This town and most of the opinions given around here have been less than favorable to her, then they come along and expect her to "make nice" and give them give them John Orzeck as the chief?

I would go with an outsider just because this city NEEDS an outsider to clean up some of the mess around here. But also because she needs to establish that she is the CITY MANAGER and she holds that position. She controls this city when it comes to decisions, not the paper, not the good ole boys and not some of the rouge elements of this town.

I hope the good old fashioned sense of hers kicks in and she realizes she does NOT have to buckle under to anyone just to make anyone happy.

She is the boss her. I hope she understands it is time to take control and do what she feels is best for this city and do what is right.

Orzech already said he would work with whomever was chosen. Good for him. That shows he has class and is a team player.

Ard is the boss and Orzech is a team player...maybe some people in this town should learn to be the same. Only time will tell.

pavedparadise

Picking anyone other than Orzech, not only is she facing the wrath of the public with all the recent missteps she's made, but then she will be facing the wrath of her boss'--the City Commission.

wiredmama222

@paved...and that is supposed to make it ok? That she pick Orzech so she is doing the suppoed "right thing" here even though he isn't the right pick? Oh, come on now! You have to be kidding! Why should she be afraid of insighting anyone else?

No matter what she does in this situation someone won't be happy and you full well know it. So why should she care? Pick the BEST person for the job: which is someone from out of town. I mean NO OFFENSE to John, but for once, let someone else take the reigns than someone from the network and see how they do. Let me remind you that even with John here ,this town has had SEVEN murders. Why not see what happens with a new person in charge and see what that person can do to settle things down. So far, again, no offense intended, things have not been going well. I would LOVE to see what happens with new blood behind the helm of a ship that is sinking and with John agreeing to help out, there should NOT be any animosity at all, now should there be? I guess not.

Not even from the commissioners. Nor the public.

DGMutley

wiredmama222,
Why do you keep making these "rogue" comments about "the network", "good ole boys", "had SEVEN murders", "things have not been going well", "ship that is sinking", "the way this town has treated her", "this city NEEDS an outsider", "clean up some of the mess around here" all of this just from this thread. You never support any of your assertions. I'm listening, start supporting.

wiredmama222

DG....I will not list the names of the "good ole boys...you already know them. Besides it will get my comments removed. Why would you ask such silly questions when you already know the answers?

As for the seven murders: You already know those too. Have you not been in Sandusky when they happened? Who was the police officer here and in the lead when each and every one of them happened? Where was Lang when all this was going on? I dont remember seeing HIS name on the tops stories each and every time: It was always Orzech's. Did it stop the murders? No. Was anything beefed up around here? NO, was patrol beefed up? No, did anything go on or police statements made to calm down the people of this city to make them feel better or safer in this town? Not even close. NO. So If Lt. Orzech was getting all the press, then why wasn't he doing anything during all these murders to make this city feel better about what was happening????? Not ONE word to make anyone feel safer....or from Lang for that matter.

Then there are the gangs and the teens who get away with beating up adults: terrorizing people. Orzech has been here. What has he done about it? NOTHING. Nor has Lang. Drugs are running rampant in Sandusky as are gangs. What is being done by Orzech and Lang.....nothing. They deny the problems....that is FACT. So what is being done about that mess? Not a darn thing. And you don't think and outsider from a bigger city with more experience would make a differnce????

Have you EVER LIVED in a big city? Not visited a big city.....LIVED in a big city????? Honestly? If you had, you might understand what I mean when I say that they have a bit of a different approach to things and it wouldn't hurt this town to learn a few things.

Give someone else a chance. I give John Orzech credit I do not give you....the willingness to WORK with someone else. You and others like you should take the hint.

pavedparadise

14 questions in your comment and you won't answer the one asked of you?

Typical Wiredmama222 technique.

DGMutley

wiredmama222,

Thanks for the reply. I take from your reply that the comments you made relate to the crime in the city. As several have mentioned, crime isn't going away. It's even been worse. Actually, the FBI's stats and even the stats in the study that was done for the SPD show that crime has declined in the city.

Unfortunately a few posters have been allowed to post a steady stream of snide remarks about Sandusky and some folks have started to believe it.

As far as the seven murders, law enforcement couldn't have stopped them. They were all domestic altercations. There weren't even any weapons involved, they were all beatings or physical assaults.

The implication with the good old boy stuff is that there is a network of connected individuals that are covering each other's wrong doing. Is that going on? I don't so.

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BW1

" Why should she go with the "on odds favorite" when she has the right to go outside the box here."

Oh, I don't know, how about "the consent of the governed?"

"This town and most of the opinions given around here have been less than favorable to her"

Oh dear! How dare people question der Fuhrer?

"She controls this city"

YEAH, to hell with all that democracy and liberty crap!

"She is the boss here. I hope she understands it is time to take control and do what she feels is best for this city"

That's right - we need an iron fist enforcing her FEELINGS.

Don't you get it people? Ard is your leader; you will not question her. You will not criticize her. She is the boss of you, and you will submit quietly like good little peons. Thus spake wiredmama, once again subverting every principle of the candidate she touted all through the election season.

wiredmama222

Yes, for once someone is standing up for her. If you don't like it, that really is too bad. I am not advocating that she is DA FUHRER, or that she is the only one running this city...but that is what has been going on without her. If you were not so blind you would have seen it by now. If you were not so deaf, you would have heard it by now.

So don't be too surprised that SOMEONE has jumped in to support an underdog for once. I hate seeing anyone get ganged up on by people I always that of as being realistic and generous. I know find them to be nothing more than vicious and unrealistic. If they cannot have it all their way they will gang up on ONE person until they have crushed the life from them.

I am ashamed for my own hometown, what it has become. It's a sad state to see. I hope it will change. How many more people do you have to drive out of here before it all stops and this place gets back to normal?

I won't be going, so don't even say it!

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BW1

@Wiredmama: "I am not advocating that she is DA FUHRER, or that she is the only one running this city."

1. Can't you even copy correct spelling when it's given to you?
2."She controls this city....She is the boss here. I hope she understands it is time to take control" - wiredmama, 02/15/2013 - 2:09pm

@Wiredmama:"I hate seeing anyone get ganged up on by people I always that of as being realistic and generous. "

1."hate" yes, it's become clear your decisions are driven by emotional reflex rather than rational application of anything approaching principles.
2. Oh, the poor dear. She's a politician, and she wasn't forcibly conscripted - when constituents don't feel they're well served, it gets unpleasant for politicians. One of the greatest politicians once said "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."
3.. You've put on great airs here about all your education, but I know 4th graders who know the difference between 'that' and 'thought'

@Wiredmama: "they will gang up on ONE person until they have crushed the life from them."

Wow, she must be in the ICU by now. Queue the violins, wiredmama is bringing the emotionally overwrought melodrama, right on schedule.

@Wiredmama: "How many more people do you have to drive out of here before it all stops and this place gets back to normal?"

1. Don't you mean drive BACK out of here?
2, No one is being driven out of anywhere - that is the commissioners' role, and they'll eventually do it with or without our help the minute she crosses them. What's happening is a public official is being criticized for her decisions. That's part of being a public official.
3. She's done nothing of substance to warrant your idolizing hero-worship.

What's funny is you don't even recognize the gross self contradiction in what you're saying versus what you were saying 6 months ago. The only question is whether you didn't understand what you were saying then, or don't understand what you're saying now.

Cityslicker

I know one thing. We don't need another college campus bred lacky from south of here for the job.

oldpirate

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OnlyfoolsAssume

Personally I don't feel a campus chief is cut out for Sandusky. So either Orzech or Stone. For those of you who feel like Orzech is not a good choice you clearly don't know him. As for Stone he sounds very qualified for the job as well.

wiredmama222

I think Stone sounded qualified from the get go. I have no problem with Orzech as a person. I just think that someone from outside needs to try it and see if they can do better than we have right now.

I think Orzech is a classy guy for saying he would be willing to work with WHOEVER got the job. So there shouldn't be any problems. That takes courage and class. Good for him. Shows his integrity right up front. So why anyone would beef about someone new is beyond me?

Let a new person, like Stone, take it. Can't hurt can it.

Molon Labe

I vote for John O! Just my opinion!!

KURTje

True cityslicker. True.

grinenbareit

Well this is a no-brainer. Pick Detective Orzech. This man has put more personal time into his cases then anyone I know, well next to Detective Dana Newell. These two men try their hardest to make Sandusky safe. These two men work together to "disarm" the gangs, to solve Sandusky's drug problem, and are the most professional Law Enforcement I have ever come into contact with. I have the utmost respect for both of them.

bigsexy

Terence Calloway

- Austin Peay State University police chief in Clarksville, Tenn.

- Hired in January 2012 after working as Woodmere, Ohio, police chief for three years.

The population of Woodmere, Ohio was 884 at the 2010 census. Figures show APSU’s total student enrollment for this semester is 10,723 (11/16/2010).

Really police selection committee????? A gentleman who has probably dealt with very few violent crimes is one of your finalist??? WOW!!!

bigsexy

And before that, he was an administrative Lieutenant at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.

Steller credentials there.....This town is a joke!

bigsexy

Double post

Centauri

Craig Stone
http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...

Can you imagine a woman police chief in charge of the Columbus PD?
http://www.columbuspolice.org/

Centauri

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