Orzech gets Sandusky police chief job

City manager made offer today; new chief to be sworn-in Tuesday.
Apr 5, 2013

City manager Nicole Ard told a reporter Friday afternoon she needed another week before she'd be ready to make a decision, but she'd already made the offer to acting chief John Orzech about an hour earlier.

It's not clear why Ard provided inaccurate information on the decision, but Orzech said he was glad to have the opportunity. 

"I'm very excited and looking forward to moving ahead to keep working and getting things accomplished," he said.

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Congratulations John!!!!!! Great choice.


Congratulations Chief Orzech. Keep up the good work.


she is most likely just like all of us, and doesn't like the reporter


To quote Gomer Pyle...Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

Why did they waste the time and money on a search?


Job security.


And I wonder how many thousands of wasted money this did actually cost us?


I don't live in your city Chief Orzech, but congrats on the job, bud. You seem well spoken and carry yourself well. I can't wait until I can come and sit down at the docks past the end of Columbus during the night in the summer.


Congratulations, John. Thanks for all you do for our community. May God Bless you and your officers as you continue making Sandusky a great place to live.


This news should not be any surprise. Everyone knew this was going to happen. Almost everyone dropped out by the time she did make her choice so what choice did she have anyway? The part that is alarming is that she lied about it to the reporter saying she needed another week when in fact, she made an offer to Orzech and did not say anything about it. I have to wonder if there is a pattern developing.


No pattern here. She's learned in a very short time not to trust this newspaper ever with anything. She knew what she was doing.


Glad they chose a local. Someone with hometown roots. Congrats!!


Didn't Ard fire someone for being dishonest?

Does anyone know if the other candidate dropped out before the decision?

Good luck Chief. Hope you don't come to regret the decision and have thick skin.


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@ 25 yr resident: AMEN to that one. Why should she speak out? No matter what she does, she gets criticized for it, called a liar whether she speaks or doesn't, and its totally unnecessary. It's pretty sickening all the way around. Wise woman. Most of these people can't take the silence, drives them nuts that they can't crack the shell that surrounds her. Good for her.


Will Chief Orzech have to move into the city limits not that he was appointed to the top spot? What does the city charter say?


I believe this was discussed several times before. If not mistaken, I believe it is unconstitutional for anyone to be denied a job and FORCED to live within the city limits to hold that job. Did the City Engineer not live outside the city limits? I believe he travelled a great distance to work daily did he not? So I don't think they can force that issue at all, no matter what the charter may say because of the constitunality of it. Ask a judge or lawyer about it though, I am not one. I just vaguely remember there being some "hoopla" about that once before and it being denied because of that very thing.

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That ruling concerned rank and file civil service employees. It didn't cover higher ranking, appointed and/or elected city officials. He can be required to live in the city limits, just like Ard can be so required.


Good Choice
@25 year resident. I'll tell u why they wasted all that money. Because they know if they need more they will just get another levy. And it will pass because the landlords of Sandusky have no vote. I think only property owners should be allowed to vote. I bet then we would see some smart decisions being made.


@lifetime resident...I am confused by your post. You say the landlords of Sandusky have no vote and then you say that only property owners should be allowed to vote for a levy. Could you explain that please? That is really confusing. I didn't know there was a levy to vote for, first of all.

Are you saying that only property owners should vote and not ALL the people in Sandusky? Because most of the property owners include their taxes on their properties into their rent every month to cover their property taxes. At least the smart ones do. So I don't get it?


Make us proud of you john , just like we have been about solving crimes in the city of sandusky and bring back a sense of justice to the sandusky area
I know with your help we can achive our goals and let one thing happen and that is make one of Officer Dunns hope and dream come to life . and that is that we can live in peace and be able to relax with our love ones , The very thing that he laid his life on the line for , and paid for with his life May he rest in peace and forever be remembered


Some of you that post often really amaze me. Does SR state anywhere that it is your personal search engine? You are obviously online, so look it up for yourself. You may even find other things to do besides come on the comment section to bitch.

Just sayin', that there is much more to do and look at.


Right on


Whether Ard does or does not like the paper, there is no excuse for telling a lie when asked a question. The paper represents the public when it comes to getting information from City Hall. There is no residency law so the chief doesn't have to live in Sandusky as it was done away with a few years back.


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I agree: That's no excuse to lie. "No comment," or "Negotiations are ongoing," or "I can't speak publicly about personnel matters until they're settled" would have worked just fine. To deliberately misdirect a reporter? Well, I'm not exactly one to defend the Register here, but that kind of lie isn't any different than the agenda the paper all too often seems to have! Neither are ethical. Neither are right. And both present a threat where informed voters are concerned.



Not according to the Charter. He has to live in Sandusky. BW1 answered this question in another thread.


You mean she lied?! HMMMMMM


Why is anyone surprised by this? Its like a repeat performance. I feel like it's de ja vue (sp?) all over again. LOL Congrats, Chief. I am too glad this is over.


I think I had just signed on this website when you and some others called it way back, wiredmama. They should have asked you and the others and saved the city a big chunk of change.

It's obvious that your city leaders have no cohesion as a team.


LOL...nobody listens to me, sweetie. Oh, they do for about FIVE seconds, laugh at my posts, gripe at me for my comments or find fault with me and move on. I take little to no satisfaction from being right. I am an old woman who has lived her most of my life and just understand how this place works. LOL. Yep, I just knew it would end like this. Too bad they just didn't take the advice and save the cash. (Some will say "the old witch must have looked into her crystal ball again)....LOL.